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A Parrot at the Milkbar

A humorous observation in Barcelona’s immigrant neighbourhood El Raval. Four barber shops, four places of remembrance, strange time and space capsules inhabited by people who left their home to find a better one, while the Spaniards are about to ...


The infamous El Raval quarter, with its narrow lanes full of dark figures, lies in the middle of Barcelona, in the Old Town, near the water. Where earlier, sailors shared the cheap little flats with working families, migrants from all over the world now characterise the area. In the small alleys their little barbershops lie side by side. Each nationality has its own. The businesses cater for parallel societies and have little contact with one another. Whoever enters apparently leaves Spain behind to plunge into a safe place of familiar rituals and memories of home. The barbers live from their regular customers and their almost pastoral ability to constantly talk about everything and nothing, or remain silent, whilst they softly touch and courageously beautify the heads and cheeks of the weary and burdened. The film tells of four hairdressers and their customers in El Raval, four small, strange time and space capsules, of people who left their home to find a better one, while the Spaniards are about to leave their own country themselves.



Original title: A Parrot at the Milkbar
Deutschland / Spanien 2014, 83 min
Genre: Documentary
Director: Ines Thomsen
Author: Ines Thomsen
DOP: Ines Thomsen
Montage: Franziska von Berlepsch
Distributor: Filmtank Audience
Release: 04.06.2015




  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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