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El Bola

A boy from an abusive home finds a new lease on life through friendship in this drama from Spain. Pablo (Juan Jose Ballesta) is a 12-year-old boy growing up in an underprivileged neighborhood in Madrid. Pablo doesn't have many friends, and his home life is not happy -- his father Mariano (Manuel Maron) often beats him, and his mother Aurora (Golria Munoz) doesn't know what to do about it. Alfredo (Pablo Galan) is a new boy in town who has just enrolled in Pablo's class at school; Pablo and Alfredo strike up an immediate friendship, and Pablo feels comfortable with Alfredo's family, particularly his father Jose (Alberto Gimenez), who draws tattoos for a living, and his mother Marisa (Nieve de Medina). Alfredo's godfather has been hospitalized with AIDS-related illnesses, and when Alfredo goes to visit him, Pablo tags along, which angers Mariano and leads to another violent episode. Alfredo notices Pablo's bruises and tells his parents, and Jose enlists a social worker, Laura (Ana Wagener), to help find a safer environment for the boy. El Bola was produced in association with UNICEF.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/05/2005
UPC: 0616892622529
Original Release: 2000
Rating: NR
Source: Film Movement
Sales rank: 76,701

Special Features

The Making of El Bola; El Bola theatrical trailer; Biographies of director & actors; Coming soon to film Movement: Richard Lowenstein's He Died With a Felafel in His Hand; This Month's Short film: More by Mark Osborne

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Train Game [5:46]
2. Alfredo [4:18]
3. Free Fall [11:13]
4. Felix [7:35]
5. Hospital Visit [5:26]
6. Train Game II [9:16]
7. Pablo's Absence, Alfredo's Loss [11:10]
8. Train Game II [8:56]
9. Pablo Comes Home [5:04]
10. Is Pablo a Good Boy? [4:57]
11. The Escape [9:02]
12. Pablo's Confession [1:44]

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