El Bola (English: Pellet) is a 2000 Spanish film, directed by Achero Mañas. It won the Mejor Película (Best Film) Goya Award in 2001. It is available in the United States from Filmmovement.
Pablo aka "El Bola" (Juan José Ballesta) http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Jos%C3%A9_Ballesta is a twelve year old boy who suffers abuse by his father (Manuel Morón). His violent family situation prevents him from having friends at school until a new kid, Alfredo (Pablo Galán), arrives at school. The warm, caring atmosphere in Alfredo's family provides a stark contrast to Pablo's oppressive situation under his father. Soon, Pablo finds a different reality in his new friend's family who teaches him to confront with courage his worst fears.