El Bola

2000, Movie, NR, 88 mins

El Bola
A sober, earnest drama about child abuse, this award-winning Spanish film has the feel of an American made-for-tv problem drama, which may be because Spanish laws and attitudes regarding child-abuse reporting (assuming they're depicted accurately) are comparable to those in the United States in the '70s, when reports of domestic violence often elicited little support from the police and courts. Twelve-year-old Pablo (Juan José Ballesta), nicknamed "el bola" (the pellet), befriends Alfredo (Pablo Galan), a transfer student whose loving, if bohemian, home life stands in stark contrast to Pablo's. Pablo's father, Mariano (Manuel Moron), has never recovered from the ...
Released: 2000 Rated: NR Length: 88 mins

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