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El Bola (2000)

El Bola, a 12 year old boy a.k.a. "Pellet" is a 12 year old boy raised in a violent and sordid environment. Embarrassed by his family life, he avoids becoming close to classmates. The ... See full summary »

Director:

Achero Mañas

Writers:

Achero Mañas, Verónica Fernández (collaborating writer)
22 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juan José Ballesta ... Bola
Pablo Galán Pablo Galán ... Alfredo
Alberto Jiménez ... José
Manuel Morón ... Mariano
Ana Wagener ... Laura
Nieve de Medina ... Marisa
Gloria Muñoz ... Aurora
Javier Lago Javier Lago ... Alfonso
Omar Muñoz ... Juan
Soledad Osorio Soledad Osorio ... Abuela
Alfonso Vallejo ... Vecino
Manolo Caro ... Birras
Juan Carlos Martín Juan Carlos Martín ... Sebas
Máximo Jiménez Máximo Jiménez ... Cobeta
Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez ... Salva
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Storyline

El Bola, a 12 year old boy a.k.a. "Pellet" is a 12 year old boy raised in a violent and sordid environment. Embarrassed by his family life, he avoids becoming close to classmates. The arrival of a new boy at school changes his attitude towards his classmates, and friendship. The heart of the story is the change in El Bola's life, at almost all levels, after befriending this new classmate. Written by ElianaM

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

20 October 2000 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Award: Prix de la Présidence Belge de l'Union Européenne 2001. See more »

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Deeply moving story of a secrets, lies, and the power of friendship.
1 December 2002 | by pic-critxSee all my reviews

Great film. You'll recall classics like Truffaut's 400 BLOWS. There are scenes of such warmth and such brutal stillness, it made me want to reach into the screen and affect the course of these characters lives. A lot of assumptions I made about these characters were challenged along the way. It's rare that a film actually teaches you something about yourself. Phenomenal cast and director who deserved the Best Director and 5 Goya (Spanish Oscars) the film received. El Bola's abusive father was played to a perfect pitch by Manuel Moron as a cold, abusive father, turned sheepish when the outside world learns of his transgressions against his own son. You want to strangle him! Turns out it was a Spanish indie underdog that upset a lot of larger, bigger Spanish films. Like the other reviews say, be prepared to laugh, cry, and become infuriated. Definitely a film to check out and a director to watch!!!


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