name = Cachorro
producer = Juan Alexander
Jose Luis Garcia Arroyo
Salvador García Ruiz
starring = José Luis García Pérez
Teresa Empar Ferrer
music = Lucio Godoy
cinematography = Alfonso Sanz
editing = Pablo Blanco
TLA Releasing Televisión Española Canal+ Telemadrid
released = flagicon|Spain
February 27, 2004
November 5, 2004 (New York)
November 19, 2004 ( Los Angeles)
runtime = 98 min.
country = ESP
language = Spanish
website = http://www.tlareleasing.com/details/product_details.cfm?id=203461&v=1
amg_id = 1:303927
imdb_id = 359045
"Cachorro" (known as "Bear Cub" in English-speaking markets) is a 2004 Spanish
gay-themed (in particular, the gay Bear community) drama filmwritten and directed by Miguel Albaladejo. It is about a bearish gay man who ends up looking after his nephew while his sister goes away to Indiaand in turn makes him develop a fatherly bond with the boy as well as forcing him to alter his lifestyle. The Spanish word "cachorro" describes any young, furry animal such as a cub or puppy.
As a favor to his
hippy sisterwho has gone off to India, Pedro, a gay dentist, has agreed to look after his eleven-year-old nephew, Bernardo. Bernardo’s fatheris dead and the boy and his unclehave not had much to do with each other until now. Originally, the boy was to stay with Pedro for a few days, but six weeks have passed with no word from the boy's mother.
His nephew’s presence forces Pedro to take a break from his otherwise extremely active sex life. In fact, Pedro was beginning to tire of the superficial nature of his many relationships. Even his boyfriend, Manuel, who suddenly pays Pedro a visit and who shares his penchant for leather and latex, is not really the man with whom he wants to spend the rest of his life. Then, all at once, an entirely different set of problems crops up. For one there’s Doña Teresa, Bernardo’s paternal
grandmother, who one day darkens Pedro’s door and puts the emotional screws on him. Worse still, however, is the news that Bernardo’s mother has been arrested in India for drug smuggling. She may be facing a prison sentence of thirty years, so the embassy informs Pedro. Pedro is just as shocked at this news as Bernardo; nevertheless, he realizes that he is now responsible for the boy. Without further ado, he decides to rise to the challenge this represents. There suddenly seem to be so many things to organize – such as repairs to the house and finding a school for the boy – that Pedro hardly misses the life he used to lead. Gradually, however, he succeeds in rekindling his sex life – albeit in a less excessive form.
Then Doña Teresa puts in another appearance, this time demanding custody of Bernardo. But Pedro is ready to fight for the boy’s welfare. After illegally obtaining his medical history (revealing that Pedro is
HIV positive) and hiring a private investigatorwho obtains pictures of Pedro on a night out in a gay club, and threatening him with both, he ends up letting her put Bernardo in a boarding school. When his grandmother goes to visit him later on revealing Pedro's HIV (despite their previous agreement), Bernardo reveals that he already knew from his mother, and that his mother was HIV positive as well. She then reveals that he is in the hospital with pneumonia. He then tells her that he hates her and that it's her fault that he's currently in the hospital, because he wasn't there to care for him.
Three years pass, letters go back and forth between Bernardo, Pedro, his mother and his grandmother. We then see Bernardo and his friends at a funeral, and a casket being lowered. Shortly after, a cab pulls up with Pedro in it, out of the hospital and healthy, then revealing that it was the grandmother's funeral they were attending. After a brief conversation, Bernardo goes and hugs and kisses his friends goodbye, then he and his uncle reunite and ride away in the cab together.
*José Luis García Pérez as Pedro
*David Castillo as Bernardo
*Diana Cerezo as Lola
*Arno Chevrier as Manuel
*Empar Ferrer as Doña Teresa
*Mario Arias as Javi
The film originally debuted at the
2004 Berlin International Film Festivalon February 8, 2004, and was shortly followed by a nationwide release in Spainon February 27, 2004. It then made its debut in the United Statesat the 2004 Miami International GL Film Festivalon April 28, 2004, and got theatrical releases in New York on November 5, 2004 and in Los Angeles on November 19, 2004, earning $99,261 at the U.S. Box Office. [ [http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1808600724/info Bear Cub (2004) - Movie Info - Yahoo! Movies ] ] It was first released on DVD-videoon May 10, 2005, and was released again as an unrated director's cuton March 1, 2007.
*2004 Berlin International Film Festival
*2004 Tribeca Film Festival
*40th Chicago International Film Festival
*2004 Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
*2004 Miami International GL Film Festival [ [http://www.tlareleasing.com/details/product_details.cfm?id=203461&v=1 TLA Releasing - Bear Cub ] ]
"Parenthood is about to get a little hairier."
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