Pelo Malo, 2013
Pelo Malo (transl. Bad Hair) is a Venezuelan drama following nine-year-old Junior as he attempts, through various methods, to straighten his curly hair, creating tension with his recently widowed mother who is afraid of what this interest in grooming could mean about her son’s sexuality. Masculinity, social deprivation, agitated parent and child relationship, and a nation facing uncertainty with the announcement of president Hugo Chávez’s imminent death, are all among the themes that are being explored. For those of you who don’t necessarily want cheerful escapism, and would instead prefer to watch something that amplifies your gloomy feelings in order to properly feel them and then perhaps achieve catharsis, this one could be for you.