Bad Hair


93 min minutes

Everybody in Mariana Rondón’s sociopolitical lament wants something they can’t have. In Caracas, Junior (Samuel Lange), biracial son of stressed-out single mother Marta (Samantha Castillo), dreams of pop stardom, so he’s constantly trying to straighten his hair. While Marta looks for work as a security guard, Junior cavorts with a classmate who dreams of beauty pageant supremacy. If Marta encourages him to act like a man, his grandmother encourages his feminine side, leaving him confused. Lange and Castillo work wonderfully together, though Bad Hair isn’t an easy watch—Mad Men’s Betty Francis has nothing on Marta, who’ll do anything to raise a straight son. (KATHY FENNESSY)

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Film Credits
Mariana Rondón
SIFF 2014