El Bola ("Pellet")

A FILM BY Achero Mañas

At once subtle and visceral, the film never succumbs to the trap of the maudlin or tearful, offering instead with its unflinching gaze a measure of faith in the future.
-Robert K. Elder, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
El Bola is a movie steeped in ambiguity that lends its conflicts a symbolic resonance.
-Stephen Holden, NEW YORK TIMES

Synopsis

Pablo (El Bola) is a 12-year old boy raised in a violent and unforgiving environment. Embarrassed by his family life, he retreats from his classmates, engaging them only through a dangerous game. The arrival of a new boy at school, from whom he learns a new definition of friendship, leads to the discovery of a family where communication and love prevail over domination and violence.

Release Date

Original Languages: Spanish
Genre: Drama, World Cinema
Running Time: 87 min.
Year: 2002

CREDITS

CAST
Juan José Ballesta
Pablo Galán
DIRECTED BY
Achero Mañas