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El Bola (2000)

El Bola, a 12 year old boy a.k.a. "Pellet" is a 12 year old boy raised in a violent and sordid environment. Embarrassed by his family life, he avoids becoming close to classmates. The ... See full summary »

Director:

Achero Mañas

Writers:

Achero Mañas, Verónica Fernández (collaborating writer)
23 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juan José Ballesta ... Bola
Pablo Galán Pablo Galán ... Alfredo
Alberto Jiménez ... José
Manuel Morón ... Mariano
Ana Wagener ... Laura
Nieve de Medina ... Marisa
Gloria Muñoz ... Aurora
Javier Lago Javier Lago ... Alfonso
Omar Muñoz ... Juan
Soledad Osorio Soledad Osorio ... Abuela
Alfonso Vallejo ... Vecino
Manolo Caro ... Birras
Juan Carlos Martín Juan Carlos Martín ... Sebas
Máximo Jiménez Máximo Jiménez ... Cobeta
Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez ... Salva
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El Bola, a 12 year old boy a.k.a. "Pellet" is a 12 year old boy raised in a violent and sordid environment. Embarrassed by his family life, he avoids becoming close to classmates. The arrival of a new boy at school changes his attitude towards his classmates, and friendship. The heart of the story is the change in El Bola's life, at almost all levels, after befriending this new classmate. Written by ElianaM

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

20 October 2000 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Sensitive and touching motion picture though with some depressing moments
22 February 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

El Bola, a 12 year old boy named Pablo (Juan Jose Ballesta) suffers problems at home . Embarrassed by his family life, he avoids becoming close to classmates. The arrival of a new boy (Pablo Galan) at school changes his attitude towards his classmates, and friendship. Pablo befriends Alfredo , and both of whom share amusing as well as unhappy experiences . The heart of the story is the change in El Bola's life, at almost all levels, after befriending this new classmate . El Bola or Pablo suffers bruises and scars but he is too afraid to confess that has been beating . Pablo does not come to school for a week and Alfredo and his his father (Alberto Jimenez) become deeply concerned for him .

Dramatic film dealing with domestic violence , friendship , parents-sons relationship and many other things . This is a perceptible and enjoyable portrait of a pair of big city kids, reminiscent of François Truffaut's 400 blows (1959). The picture achieved big success - both public and critical - and getting several prizes as national : Goya Award as international : Prix la Présidence Belge De l'Union Européenne 2001 and Nominé Pour Grand Prix Festival de Montpellier . Agreeable performances by entire cast as Juan Jose Ballesta as a deeply abusive boy at 12-year-old raised in a violent and sordid environment , Alberto Jimenez as a fun-loving Bohemian daddy and Manuel Moron as a tyrannical father . Colorful and appropriate cinematography by Juan Carlos Gomez . Emotive and adequate musical score by Eduardo Arbide , Achero Mañas' usual musician .

The motion picture was compellingly directed by Achero Mañas , a prestigious actor and filmmaker . Achero first followed in the steps of his mother, actress Paloma Lorena who played in two of his films, and his father , a notorious producer named Alfredo Mañas , but he soon turned from thespian to filmmaker. He made three shorts before meeting a big hit as ¨El Bola¨ that is dedicated to Laura Mañas . His second feature ¨Noviembre¨ (2003) also garnered least five awards but he was less successful with ¨Blackwhite¨ (2004). After five years in the wilderness, Mañas is making a come back with "Anything You Want" (2010). Rating : Better than average , well worth watching .


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