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|Peer Review Status:||Refereed|
|Other Titles:||La Raulito|
|Authors:||Olivera, Guillermo Elpidio|
|Citation:||Olivera GE (2016) Little Raoul. In: Urraca B, Kramer GM (ed.). The Directory of World Cinema: Argentina 2. Directory of World Cinema series, Bristol: Intellect Books.|
|Series/Report no.:||Directory of World Cinema series|
|Abstract:||Little Raoul depicts the early years of María Esther Duffau – popularly known as ‘la Raulito’ (Little Raoul) and ‘la Pelada’ (the Baldie). A young, marginalized female, la Raulito cross-dresses as a boy in order to survive on the streets of Buenos Aires. Her life alternates between loitering, vagrancy and petty crime, capture and escape. While on the streets she develops a masculine socialisation (e.g., playing football with younger boys) and bonds with one of them, Medio Pollo (Half-Chicken). She also develops significant emotional connections with a cabaret dancer named Celia as well as with a sympathetic psychiatrist. La Raulito also works as a delivery ‘boy’ for a newsstand dealer, Juan. After various failed attempts at establishing stable attachments, she hits the road with Medio Pollo. The hard-hitting open ending attests to the lack of resolution in her marginalized life|
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