A sexually enterprising gay dentist, Pedro (García Pérez), finds his
lifestyle cramped somewhat by the arrival of his new ward, nephew
Bernardo (Castillo), in this clear-eyed, serious comedy set in Madrid.
‘Bear Cub’ is rare simply for its honest acknowledgment of the
clashing, even contradictory responsibilities that most people, gay or
straight, have to juggle every day; Pedro’s are compounded when
Bernardo’s grandmother (Ferrer) instigates a custody tug-of-war.
Refreshingly, there’s little lesson-learning afoot – becoming a
surrogate parent doesn’t neuter Pedro’s sexual appetites or
sentimentalise his approach to life. Albaladejo is a superb director of
actors, and the developing bond between Pedro and Bernardo is vivid and