Pedro (Jos Luis Garca-Prez) is an attractive and homosexual dentist who lives a sexually active lifestyle. He offers to take care of his nine-year-old nephew Bernardo (David Castillo) for two weeks while the child's mother... more », Pedro's older sister Violeta (Elvira Lindo), goes off to India with her latest "hippie" boyfriend. Pedro modifies his sexual behavior but quickly finds out that Bernardo is extremely comfortable and mature in his attitude towards life. When Violeta suddenly becomes detained in India, Pedro finds himself the boy's caretaker and must face the challenges of raising a child.« less
"I recently emailed the company that's releasing the DVD and asked them what the differences between the R-rated and Unrated version were. This is strait from them... "The difference is that there are two sex scenes removed from the U.S. theatrical version for the MPAA. We included the Unrated version to satisfy the director's original vision." Also, there will be NO English dubbed audio track. Only Spanish audio and English subtitles. I hope this answers the questions of people that are as curious about this kind of stuff as I am. :^) Take care!!"
HEARTBREAKING AND BRILLIANT
Dustin Merton | Lubbock, Texas United States | 03/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i just happened to be in dallas tx while this movie was playing and i am so glad that i had seen it. this movie is a testament to the bonds that form in a family. a gay uncle is forced to care for his nephew when his mother was detained in a foreign country. that is the basic premise of the movie. the true beauty of the movie comes through when the uncle is faced with the boy's grandmother blackmails the uncle into giving up custody of the child. you really see the emotion and the torment the uncle goes through when the grandmother uses his lifestyle against him in her fight to take away the child. in a very short time you see a father son relationship form between the two and it rips your heart out to see them separated. the young boy knows all about the world and knows all about his uncle and his homosexuality and the fact the he still loves and encourages his uncle is a beautiful thing to see. the movie hits all the right notes and does not pull any punches and lets you see who these characters are. i love this move and cant wait to get it on dvd, see it if you get the chance"
Hooray for the bears of Spain!
Jeffery Mingo | Homewood, IL USA | 03/30/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If the bear movement started in the United States, then how did Spain beat us at making a bear film? Moreover, it was quality and worked on sooooo many levels. If I ever met the cast and crew, I would bow to the ground and kiss their feet Technically, this wasn't a movie about bears. In this movie, however and fortunately, bears are at the center. There is no bearphobia, unlike gay films such as "Parting Glances" and "Mishima: A Life in Four Acts." I must admit though that I was surprised that a man with a huge appendicitis scar was chosen as the lead. That just shows how European casting associates aren't afraid to pick actors that their American counterparts wouldn't touch. Like so many recent gay productions, this is about how gays interact with straights, especially their straight relatives. Where "Ellen", "Kiss Me Guido", and John Goodman's bad sitcom failed, this movie succeeds. Unlike "The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca" and the universally-panned "The Next Best Thing," this film didn't cast gays to the side in order to push the heterosexual main narrative along either. The whole line about "being gay, but not just being gay" resonated here. I guess in Spain that cliche about animals and child actors doesn't apply. The boy in this film was beating the hell out of this role. I hope he is nominated for Spain's Oscar or Cesar equivalent. Big props to him. Maybe he'll be the next Garcia Bernal, even though GB just stepped on the scene. I'm a member of the "happy endings for homosexuals" club. It just broke my heart seeing the main character dump the bear pilot that wanted to be with him. I guess I'm so used to American films where the main character always has a devoted partner by the end of the film. Man, this dude could have had a constant companion to care for him as he faced you can guess what. Instead, he makes poor choices which will cause his downfall and may hurt others. One character was kinda lispy, but otherwise, the Spanish here didn't differ much to New World Spanish, at least to my gringo ears. I didn't hear anyone say "vosotros." There are scenes where the main character and his dumpee, a pilot in Paris, speak French but the audience is never told that code-switching is going on. Coco Fusco and other Latin Americans have said that learning French is a sign of being cultured. Spain is multiracial just like the US, Britain, or France. I wish there could have been a bear of color in this film."
I hope we get the uncensored version
Yves DEMUNTER | Belgium | 03/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie in Spain, including the explicit sexscene in the beginning. I hope that is what the unrated version is. I heard about several (if not all) screenings in the US with the first (sex) scene cut from the movie. We're adults here thank you, just don't censor art and distort the director's vision."
Uneven, unconventional, and really worthy movie about gay pa
Kardius | USA | 05/02/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Bear Cub (Cachorro) tells the story of a gay Spanish dentist who agrees to take care of his nephew while his hippie sister travels to India. However, when she gets in jail for drug possession, the man is forced to assume responsibility of the child and to battle his nephew's estranged grandma for custody.
The film opens with a pretty explicit credit sequence featuring sex between three gay 'bears' (the hairy, overweight type), but after that the sex quotient dies down to focus on the growing relationship between the protagonist and his 10-year-old nephew. This is the film's strongest aspect: the scenes between the gay man and his nephew ring true and make you care for the characters. Unfortunately, the filmmakers seem so intent in going against stereotype that the main character is given too much baggage to pull of convincingly as a full-fledged character, in spite of the best efforts of the actor. And the filmmakers really screwed things up at the end. Apparently they didn't know how to solve the conflict they set up, so they came up with a really unsatisfying conclusion. However, the first 2/3 of the film are great, its only during the last twenty to thirty minutes that the movie falls apart.
Its good to see a movie where none of the gay characters are obsessed with fashion and going to the gym. But the most interesting aspect of the movie is the film's take on gay parenting. While most U.S. gay media tries to present gay couples as essentially straight clones to convince people that they make good parents, this movie refuses to do that. The main character doesn't really want to be a father (though the child grows on him), turns down the chance to settle down as a couple (with a nice, responsible man he loves), and (despite initial hesitation) refuses to give up his lifestyle (uncommited sex, visits to bathhouses, pickups in bars and under bridges). And yet, he remains an excellent (if realistically imperfect) father figure and a more caring and responsible alternative to the child's mom and grandma.
Be warned that although the sex is tame by foreign movie standards, there are a couple of strong scenes (especially the credit sequence). "