Bear Cub
Reel Affirmations 13: Washington DC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Date: Friday, 10/22/2004
Time: 7:00 pm

Venue: Lincoln Theatre
Tickets: $9 (buy online now)

Type: Feature presentation
Language: In Spanish with English subtitles

Metro Weekly Rating: (5 out of 5)

by Todd Franson

Bear Cub

FROM THE OPENING scene of two bears frolicking naked in the sheets you know you're in for a treat with Bear Cub (Cacharro). But like a long, multi-course European meal, Bear Cub reveals new flavors and surprises with every emotionally taut scene. Smartly scripted and lovingly acted, the story reveals itself layer by layer, entwining us in the lives of a colorful, quirky and totally genuine "family" that surrounds Pedro and his nine-year-old nephew Bernardo.

When Pedro's free-spirited sister Violeta leaves Bernardo with him for two weeks while she goes to India, early indications are that all is not quite what it seems. Pedro takes instantly to temporary fatherhood and re-centers his life around Bernardo, leaving his sexually care-free life behind for the moment. But when Violeta's stay in India becomes indefinitely extended, Pedro must not only hold Bernardo together, but himself as well. The two form a strong bond of mutual respect and love which is played out in some superb scenes that show Bernardo is a wonderfully well adjusted, intelligent child who loves unconditionally.

Bear Cub

The story takes several interesting and unexpected turns as Pedro deals with custody rights, blackmail, HIV status, illness and a seemingly heartless grandmother, all in order to keep Bernardo where he wants to be, at home with Pedro. Although his efforts are ultimately in vain and things seem dire, the final lesson is that as long as the intentions are based on love and respect, all will be well.

More information

Film Links:
· Reel Affirmations details
· Official film site
· Internet Movie Database
· Rotten Tomatoes

Festival Venue:
Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street, NW; Washington, DC 20009. (202) 328-6000. (map)
Directly across from Green Line Metro / U Street-Cardozo station.

You may buy your tickets or passes in advance: Online at or by phone at (800) 494-TIXS (494-8497). Or you may visit the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U Street, NW, WDC); the DCJCC (1529 16th Street, NW, WDC); Lambda Rising (1625 Connecticut Avenue, NW, WDC); or Universal Gear (1601 17th Street, NW, WDC).

For more info visit the official Reel Affirmations website.