Film Forum has recently announced that they are presenting the US theatrical premiere of Mariana Rondón’s Bad Hair, beginning Wednesday, November 19. I’ve heard nothing but praise with critics calling the final moments as fiercely emotive as Truffaut’s freeze frame at the end of 400 Blows. From what I hear, this is one of the best new films you can watch this year. Writer-director Mariana Rondón grounds her film in the cultural realities of working-class Venezuela – and brings a powerful specificity to the story of a boy and his embittered single mother. Winner of more than a dozen directing, acting, and screenwriting awards at festivals throughout the world, Bad Hair is a must see. Watch the trailer below.
Synopsis: In PELO MALO, Junior is a nine-year-old boy who has stubbornly curly hair, or “bad hair.” He wants to have it straightened for his yearbook picture, like a fashionable pop singer with long, ironed hair. This puts him at odds with his mother Marta, a young, unemployed widow. Junior, Marta, and his baby brother live in a large multi-family building. Overwhelmed by what it takes to survive in the chaotic city of Caracas, Marta finds it increasingly difficult to tolerate Junior’s fixation with his looks. The more Junior tries to look sharp and make his mother love him, the more she rejects him. His paternal grandmother, a witness to this rejection, asks Marta to give her the boy so that he can look after her. Marta refuses and tries to correct her son’s obsession by “setting an example,” a cruel moment which was meant to be a lesson. Junior finds himself cornered, face to face with a painful decision.(C) FiGA Cinema Tropical