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  • Actors: Críspulo Cabezas, Timy Benito, Eloi Yebra, Marieta Orozco, Alicia Sánchez
  • Directors: Fernando León de Aranoa
  • Writers: Fernando León de Aranoa
  • Producers: Elías Querejeta
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00195FUFA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,946 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Barrio" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Three teens trapped in a Madrid working-class neighborhood face their inevitable futures during one deadly summer. This film is by Fernando Leon de Aranda.

Customer Reviews

2.7 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steve Kuehl VINE VOICE on July 27, 2008
Format: DVD
Even though this film is over 10 years old and now just coming to R1 DVD, the story still rings through as a timeless coming of age story. Three of the primary actors have since moved on to illustrious Spanish film careers, so if anything, this piece provides a solid "where they got started" flashback.

The story revolves around three teen boys living in a barrio/neighborhood of Madrid. Their backgrounds, complicated/dysfunctional families, and yearnings for becoming men are all covered adequately, but I would have to say the strength of this film is the brutally honest script. Imagine Stand By Me dialogue (which I love), except on an rated R level - the whole movie. Their conversations about women, sex, life, dreams, etc. are all at the same time heartfelt, delusional, and hormone infested - but believable. The performances of these boys showing their lives in this barrio are solid. They manage to convey their humorous lines just right and make for some laughable moments.

The film is simply a few days in their summer lives as they try to get girls, earn money and figure out their lives. I have some teen customers that like to read subs and to see something about their age group, so this will be the recommendation. If it were rated, it would be R for sexual dialogue and themes, but their is nothing graphic shown. The DVD is unfortunately full screen and has no special features.

EDIT: Forgot to mention - excellent music throughout, nice mix of offerings - including modern dance, ethnic string plays, etc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brad Smith on June 3, 2011
Format: DVD
This is a Madrid the tourists never see: gritty, poor, dirty, desperate. Three young teens wander aimlessly, chatting about sex, crimes, money, and more sex. They don't know what to do with themselves. Their families are dysfunctional, and they are, too. The dialogue is crisp and funny. There is no plot. The score is modern and works well with the imagery. There's a little violence, but not much. The ending is a little unsatisfying, but like the film, there's not much reason for it. Well worth watching.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. L. on October 3, 2013
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At first I thought it was another Brazilian barrio movie but after I began watching it, I realized it was Spanish and was filmed in Spain.

Very good movie. Its a light, heart felt adventure in the city of 3 friends who are coming of age and get into some fun and troubles. It is also kind of sad. I really enjoyed this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela K. McBride on December 16, 2013
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A lot is expressed in this movie that takes us in the lower class suburbs of Madrid, showing us slowly the reality of 3 young adolescents. Like a painter at work, we see the days go by, and colors are adding to the colors, to slowly form a picture, sad, airless, trapped, and we discover this picture, together with the boys, and we too, want to escape.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By foofingers on November 15, 2012
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The dialogs are the main feature of this movie. The conversations between these teenagers reminded me how stupid we were once too, in a funny way.
Great acting and script.
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I read the bad reviews but gave it a try anyway. This must have been made for a 15 year old audience 15 years ago. Not much to it. Very little happens. No feelings for the characters. The subtitles don't translate very well what I could understand in Spanish, partly to clean up the bad language somewhat changing F bombs into "idiot" and such. I really gave it a shot to try and find something worthwhile about it, but came up with nothing.
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Barrio is a great film in the context of modern Spanish cinema. It explores the challenges of 3 young Spanish men, on the verge of graduating from formal school. As with youth everywhere, the characters are trying to figure out what to do with their lives. The film is shot almost entirely from the perspective of the 3 main actors. In this movie, parents are little to no help to the youth. They are seen as authority figures, yet they have more problems than the younger characters. I was immediately drawn to the characters in this movie, as they seemed very much like characters in an Eloy de la Inglesia movie. Eloy de la Inglesia made some hard hitting films during the 80's and 90's which provide viewers with great insight on life in post-Franco, Spain. Barrio seems to benefit from a larger budget and a well written plot. At times Inglesia's movies were all over the place and often contained very explicit content. Barrio is not a family movie as it contains violence, language and some sexuality but is mild by comparison.
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By pdxtony on January 20, 2014
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boring beyond belief....foreign movies are frequently not fast moving which I dont mind at all but
this was lousy besides boring
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