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Barrio (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama | 2 October 1998 (Spain)
A coming-of-age story in the vein of CITY OF GOD and KIDS - available for the first time in the U.S.!
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Críspulo Cabezas ... Rai
Timy Benito Timy Benito ... Javi (as Timy)
Eloi Yebra Eloi Yebra ... Manu
Marieta Orozco ... Susi
Alicia Sánchez ... Carmen
Enrique Villén ... Ricardo
Francisco Algora ... Ángel
Chete Lera ... Inspector de policía
Claude Pascadel Claude Pascadel ... Abuelo de Javi
Pedro Miguel Martínez ... Vecino
Daniel Guzmán ... Chico bar de copas
Lluvia Rojo ... Chica bar de copas
Nicolas Abraham Nicolas Abraham ... Hermano de Rai
Concha Gómez Conde Concha Gómez Conde ... Madre de Rai
Pepo Oliva ... Padre de Rai
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the life of three teenage friends in a humble neighborhood of the city of madrid is full of adventures, while trying to face the harsh reality, taking them to a maturity where they discover the value of friendship, love, but also disappointment and sadness . Written by poeticanarquica

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Drama

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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

2 October 1998 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Barrio - Külvárosi utcák See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Dolby

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Hacer dinero
Written by Amparo Sánchez (as Amparo Mercedes Sánchez Pérez)
Performed by Amparanoia
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Nice concept, poor execution
30 August 2001 | by evilmatt-3See all my reviews

I really didn't like this movie when I first saw it. In retrospect, I am a little more forgiving, but not much.

The reason I actually gave this movie a 5/10 is that the concept was really, really good: three youths in urban Madrid seem to have little or no chance in the larger world, because of factors completely beyond their control. The environment these boys live in is devastating to think about, because it neglects so many things about them and the world they live in, yet they can't even perceive this deficiency precisely because of that deficiency.

Now, if you're thinking this sounds good, you're right. But the actual movie is not that good. While there are a few scenes that really shine(especially the final one which quite literally has a young man "trying to walk the straight and narrow"), the majority of this movie is interminably slow, with no sense of direction whatsoever. It almost felt like I was watching a very badly edited documentary. In fairness, I think I might have lost some of the more sophisticated elements of the film given that I haven't spent a lot of time around Madrid's urban slang, but the language gap wasn't so large that it could possibly explain the deficiencies of this film.


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