Bear Cub (El Cachorro)

Released 2010


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Bear Cub (El Cachorro)

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Miguel Albaladejo
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Bear Cub (El Cachorro) is directed by Miguel Albaladejo and was released in 2004. It is the story of a gay man, Pedro (Jose Luis Garcia Perez), who is helping out his sister by watching her son, Bernardo (David Castillo), while she is on a trip to India. The term bear refers to a subset of the gay community where the men are usually large and hairy, and often portray a rugged masculinity. The movie's title refers to Bernardo as the son of a bear, because, while his mother is away, he and Pedro form a paternal bond. The movie takes the newfound bond, and shows Pedro's new life forming around the relationship. The plot does not shy away from his social life in the gay community. Bear Cub shows how Pedro recognizes the need to mute his vivid lifestyle around Bernardo, but also how Bernardo comes to bond with Pedro around issues in his life as well. Bear Cub shows the give and take between a gay man and his nephew, and the relationship that develops from their time spent together.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    At the end, Bear Cub does have a brush with sentimentality. But by then, its integrity and low-key truthfulness has been certified in a dozen different ways.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Moves deftly from a wry and affectionate father-son bonding comedy to wrenching drama.

  • 70

    Variety Jonathan Holland

    Taking a seed of an idea and nurturing it into a fable about moral hypocrisy, Bearcub substantiates prolific Spanish helmer Miguel Albaladejo's rep for well-observed, character-bas...

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Foreign Language, Gay & Lesbian