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Pelo malo (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $0Details
International Box Office $2,490,664Details
Worldwide Box Office $2,490,664
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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.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time International Box Office (Rank 5,601-5,700) 5,631 $2,490,664
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 9,401-9,500) 9,474 $2,490,664

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: November 19th, 2014 (Limited) by Cinema Tropical, FIGA Films, released as Bad Hair
International Releases: April 16th, 2014 (Wide) (Venezuela)
April 17th, 2014 (Wide) (Brazil)
March 31st, 2016 (Wide) (Germany)
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 93 minutes
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Keywords: Coming of Age, Dysfunctional Family, Poverty, Widow/Widower, Single Parent
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Sudaca Films, Imagen Latina, La Sociedad Post, Hanfgarn & Ufer Filmproduktion, Artefactos, Jose Ibanez
Production Countries: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Leading Cast


Supporting Cast

Samantha Castillo    Marta
Beto Benites    Jefe
Maria Emilia Sulbaran    Baby
Nelly Ramos    Carmen
Julio Mendez    Mario
Luis Domingo Gonzalez    Medic
Marta Estrada    Neighbor
Ali Rondon    Vecino

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Production and Technical Credits

Mariana Rondon    Screenwriter
Marite Ugas    Producer
Matias Tikas    Production Designer
Marite Ugas    Editor
Camilo Froideval    Composer
Micaela Cajahuaringa    Director of Photography
Marisela Marin    Costume Designer
Lena Esquenazi    Sound Mixer
Nacho Gorfinkiel    Visual Effects Designer
Beto Benites    Casting Director

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

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It is not a busy week as far as limited releases are concerned, which is good, because my computer crashed halfway through and I had to redo some of this column. (Save early, save often.) However, while there are not a lot of films on this week's list, many of them are earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. It is unlikely that all of them will be able to capitalize on their reviews. Bad Hair, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The King and the Mockingbird, The Mule, as well as a few documentaries all deserve to find audiences. Hopefully more than a couple of them actually do. More...

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Weekly Box Office Performance

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Brazil 4/17/2014 $0 0 4 7 $71,861 12/17/2015
Germany 3/31/2016 $3,456 7 7 7 $3,456 6/9/2016
Venezuela 4/16/2014 $0 0 7 17 $2,415,347 12/17/2015
International Total$2,490,664 6/9/2016

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