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Bad Hair (2013)

Pelo malo (original title)
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A nine-year-old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother.


Mariana Rondón


Mariana Rondón
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Credited cast:
Samuel Lange Zambrano Samuel Lange Zambrano ... Junior
Samantha Castillo ... Marta
Beto Benites ... El jefe
Nelly Ramos Nelly Ramos ... Carmen (La abuela)
María Emilia Sulbarán María Emilia Sulbarán ... La niña
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martha Estrada Martha Estrada ... Perla
Cristina Tovar Cristina Tovar ... Periodista


A nine-year-old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother.

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Release Date:

25 April 2014 (Venezuela) See more »

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Bad Hair See more »

Filming Locations:

Caracas, Venezuela


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Dolby Digital


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"Identity Search"
4 December 2017 | by leslieaddlemanSee all my reviews

I think that in this movie Pelo Malo by Mariana Rondón shows the problematic of the identity search of the Junior child. At the same time, it touches on topics such as family, childhood, racism, popular culture, and also the social, political and economic situation of Venezuelan society. Junior appears in the film as a poor child of low resources but he wants to look different from what he is, that's why he wants to lace his hair to pretend to be another but. But this brings with it the idea of racism in that society, her mother thinks she sees herself as a woman, not as a man. I think this happens because of the problem that exists in those Latin American countries that have a very old culture rooted in their society, like machismo. Racism is another problem in these countries, people can be treated and judged by just how they look physically. You can also see the desperation of the junior mother to be able to work and that without her work, her children could not eat, a sad reality in these poor countries. In his in this story shows the social reality of Venezuela, and the discrimination that is seen and felt in the streets of this country.

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