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Bear Cub (2004)

José Luis García Pérez , David Castillo , Miguel Albaladejo  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: José Luis García Pérez, David Castillo, Empar Ferrer, Elvira Lindo, Arno Chevrier
  • Directors: Miguel Albaladejo
  • Writers: Miguel Albaladejo, Salvador García Ruiz
  • Producers: José L. García Arrojo, Juan Alexander, Sergio Castellote
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007XG01S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,397 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bear Cub" on IMDb

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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, 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.

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The differences of the two versions explained... April 21, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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!!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HEARTBREAKING AND BRILLIANT March 3, 2005
Format:DVD
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
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope we get the uncensored version March 12, 2005
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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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Kardius
Format:DVD
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.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for the bears of Spain! March 29, 2005
Format:DVD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful movie.
Excellent movie. Beautiful story. This movie is understated yet very effective at carrying its message of love to the masses.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Flores
5.0 out of 5 stars A great uncle
Very nice film .Touching and funny. A very intelligent and significative film with a beautiful story It's a pity the lack of the italian subtitles
Published 7 months ago by Martignoni Luca
2.0 out of 5 stars It is sad that censorship still mutilates culture in USA
When it was launched, on 2000's, I liked very much this movie. Nowaydays, surprisingly, I keep on loving it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by antonio jose faria da costa
4.0 out of 5 stars WOOF!
the only problem i had with the movie is that the desption did not say it was in spanish. but the subtitles and movie it self were good! GREAT story line.
Published 17 months ago by Guy LaChance
1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie but the dvd very dissapointing
I saw the movie first on You tube and it last for 145 minutes ,this dvd only last for 95 minutes ,so I think I wasted my money .
Published 20 months ago by sergio bazan
1.0 out of 5 stars This is censored!
I very much resent the MPAA telling me what I can watch and what I can't...look for the not rated version if you want the movie like it was made, and it is much better uncensored!
Published 20 months ago by ace12359
4.0 out of 5 stars I love
I love this movie, is in Spoanish with subtitle in English, if you are looking a nice movie please buy it.
Published 21 months ago by Adriano Pistelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelente
Es una muy buena película sobre temas de actualidad: homoparentalismo, subcultura bear, familia tradicional y neofamilias. Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by Ricardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Spanish, its Gay and its got Bears!
This is a Spanish film from 2004 that I have taken a while to see, and I must say I found it worth the wait. Read more
Published on November 1, 2011 by Tommy Dooley
5.0 out of 5 stars There should be more...
As simple as that... there should be more about this one. More stories like this one, because it takes on a fraction of the gay community that doesn't fall in the expected... Read more
Published on May 14, 2011 by Worfer77
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