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El Bola

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Source: Catholic News Service

Wrenching story of a 12-year-old Spanish boy (Juan Jose Ballesta) who is regularly beaten by his abusive father (Manuel Moron) until his new school pal (Pablo Galan) tells his own loving parents about the boy's welts and they intervene to get the child help. Director Achero Manas contrasts caring and violent households while sensitively exploring societal issues and juvenile friendship. Subtitles. Brutal violence to a minor, fleeting nude female images, some rough language, occasional crude expressions and an instance of profanity. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-III -- adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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