Venezuela/Peru/Argentina/Germany | 2013 | Feature film | 93 min
Junior is nine years old and has frizzy hair, or, as he thinks, stupid hair. For the yearbook photo at school he wants to straighten his hair to look like his favourite pop star. With this wish, he antagonises his mother, a young, unemployed widow. The more urgent Junior’s desire to look good and make his mother love him becomes, the more she rejects him. Until finally he makes a painful decision….
This equally tough and heart-warming drama by director Mariana Rondón paints a very realistic picture of the hard everyday life in Caracas. It shows in a completely non-judgemental way, but with impressive emotional expressiveness, what the daily struggle for survival does to a person. And how difficult it is for those who are different; who, like Junior, want to hold on to their dreams despite everything. Pelo Malois thus both a documentary-like portrait of mother and son in chaotic Caracas and a universal plea for tolerance.