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Cachorro (2004)

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Pedro, a gay man with an active social life and big circle of friends, takes in his nephew Bernardo for a couple weeks. When it appears as though it might become a permanent arrangement, ... See full summary »

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Miguel Albaladejo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Luis García Pérez ... Pedro
David Castillo David Castillo ... Bernardo
Empar Ferrer Empar Ferrer ... Dª Teresa
Elvira Lindo Elvira Lindo ... Violeta
Arno Chevrier Arno Chevrier ... Manuel
Mario Arias Mario Arias ... Javi
Josele Román ... Gloria
Diana Cerezo Diana Cerezo ... Lola
Daniel Llobregat Daniel Llobregat ... Bernardo 14 años
Juanma Lara Juanma Lara ... Aitor
Jorge Calvo ... Antonio
Josep Tomàs Josep Tomàs ... Juan Carlos (as Josep Tomás)
Juanjo Martínez Juanjo Martínez ... Iván
Ramón Ramos Ramón Ramos ... Ricardo
Patxi Uribarren Patxi Uribarren ... Quique
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Storyline

Pedro, a gay man with an active social life and big circle of friends, takes in his nephew Bernardo for a couple weeks. When it appears as though it might become a permanent arrangement, however, Pedro turns to his friends for guidance as he and 9-year-old Bernardo begin to forge a household together. Written by Anonymous

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Parenthood is about to get a little hairer

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | French

Release Date:

27 February 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Bear Cub See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€84,410 (Spain), 29 February 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,002, 7 November 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$96,263, 13 March 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jose Luis Garcia Perez gained over 26 pounds for his role, mainly by eating cheesecake. See more »

Quotes

Bernardo: I don't want to leave you alone.
Pedro: Don't worry about me.
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References The Simpsons (1989) See more »

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An uncompromising, well-acted dramedy for mature audiences
25 October 2004 | by GMJamesSee all my reviews

"Bear Cub" (Cachorro) has been shown at several film festivals since it was first released in its native Spain in early 2004. I saw the movie on Opening Night at the ImageOut Film Festival in Rochester, NY. The near-capacity crowd was very receptive to the film.

The story, about a gay man who finds himself taking care of his young nephew for an unexpectedly extended period, has been done before in different variations ("About a Boy", "Three Men and a Baby", television's Bachelor Father, etc.). Compared with other movies, "Bear Cub" stands out by not compromising the depiction of the main character's social life especially with the explicit and what will be a very controversial opening sequence. (Note: the opening scenes and a few other scenes were edited for general release in the U.S. I saw the unedited version at the film festival I attended.)

I'm happy of the decision by co-writer/director Miguel Abaladejo (with co-writer Salvador García Ruiz) to present to the moviegoers a subculture of the gay population called Bears. It might open a few people's minds. Pedro, the lead character (well-played by José Luis García Pérez) and his circle of friends do not fit the dominant depiction of what gay men look like especially in movies: bearded and husky.

Another thing that impressed me was the performance of David Castillo. He plays Bernardo, the precocious nephew who is mature way beyond his years but, in one of the many plot twists that propel the film, there are reasons why he is that way.

I almost forgot to mention how funny and touching this film is. Bear Cub is a very well-balanced dramedy. The comedy comes out of the unusual familial situation and when complications arise in the guise of Bernardo's estranged paternal grandmother Doña Teresa (Empar Ferrer), it made for a very compelling drama.

The decision to change the aspect of the movie from just observing the characters to having some of the characters talk to the camera in the final 20 minutes was not a good idea. Despite that flaw, I found Bear Cub to be a timely, well-performed and memorable film.

P.S.: I would bet a few dollars that a production company in Hollywood would be too cowardly to remake a film like this much less buy the rights to make the movie. The movie's honest depiction of a man having a social gay life without making value judgments might be too much for some viewers or, for that matter, some members of the Hollywood community to tolerate.


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