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Pelo Malo--Bad Hair (15)


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

The critical consensus

An insightful examination of racism, homophobia and identity in Latin America.

****(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 26/01/2015

Rondón gets the balance spot on, refusing to be bogged down by the dire predicament while creating something never less than credible.

****(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 26/01/2015

Spirals out beautifully from intense personal matters to sprawling social colour.

****(*)Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies, 29/01/2015

A quietly perceptive work that teases out insights without undue strain.

***(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 29/01/2015

A moving and unaffected performance from Samuel Lange.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 30/01/2015

A little gem of a film.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 30/01/2015

A mother and son face personal crises amid inner-city turmoil in Mariana Rondon’s vibrant, authentic drama.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 01/02/2015

Gender politics in Venezuela are subtly and sensitively explored in this moving tale.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/02/2015

Staying in and washing your hair would be marginally more cheery.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 09/02/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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