Nine-year-old Junior has bad hair, or so he believes. He would much rather have straight hair like his mother, Marta. Living in a run-down tenement flat in a Venezuelan city, he finds inspiration in the televised beauty pageants that he watches with his friend. Together they plan to have their school photos taken in costume: he as a straight-haired singer and she as a beauty queen. Unfortunately for Junior, his mother doesn’t share his interest in pageantry and hair relaxers. On the contrary, she is terrified that these are early signs of her son’s dormant sexuality and responds with homophobic hostility, threatening to cut his hair or ship him off to live with his grandmother.
Winner, Best Film, San Sebastián Film Festival.