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Mana gives us compelling, damaged characters who we want to help -- or hurt.
Never [sinks] into exploitation.
At once subtle and visceral, the film never succumbs to the trap of the maudlin or tearful, offering instead with its unflinching gaze a measure of faith in the future.
As blunt as it is in depicting child abuse, El Bola is a movie steeped in an ambiguity that lends its conflicts a symbolic resonance.
Deliberately and skillfully uses ambiguity to suggest possibilities which imbue the theme with added depth and resonance.
A simple, but gritty and well-acted ensemble drama that encompasses a potent metaphor for a country still dealing with its fascist past.
An exceptional film.
Though uniformly well acted, especially by young Ballesta and Galan (a first-time actor), writer/director Achero Manas's film is schematic and obvious.
Although largely a heavy-handed indictment of parental failings ... the film retains ambiguities that make it well worth watching
Not employing gimmicks or tipping off the nightmare to be faced,'El Bola' draws us in.