Bad Hair

Venezuela/Peru/Argentina/Germany 2013, 93', Feature Film
Director
Mariana Rondón
Contact
Hanfgarn und Ufer Filmproduktion | www.hu-film.de

 

Synopsis

»I wouldn’t want our film to be simply pressed into a political scheme which then has you view it not as an artistic work but as a political message, and that in a country suffering from the extreme polarisation. No way may that happen, please write that down!«

Maria Rondón, Neue Zürcher Zeitung


An apartment block in the urban hell of Caracas. Here, in cramped conditions, the nine-year-old Junior lives with his unemployed, widowed mother Marta and his little brother. Junior doesn’t like to play football with the other kids on the block. Instead, he dreams of long straight hair so that he can produce a smart photo for the school yearbook. Preferably looking as cool as a pop singer. As his appearance becomes all the more important to him, it increasingly gets him into trouble with his mother. For she worries in secret that he might be gay and sees this as a special challenge to life in the big city. And the more Junior tries to win her affections, the harder she treats her son.

Mariana Rondón closely observes the complex and confusing emptions that growing up can entail and also takes a subtle look at various issues of racism, homophobia and violence in Venezuelan society.

Mariana Rondón
Venezuela/Peru/Argentina/Germany
2013
Feature Film
2015
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