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Bad Education

6.0
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Original title
La mala educación
Year
Running time
105 min.
Country
Spain Spain
Director
Screenwriter
Pedro Almodóvar
Music
Alberto Iglesias
Cinematography
José Luis Alcaine
Cast
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Producer
El Deseo
Genre
Drama | Melodrama. Gay & Lesbian. Film In Film. Religion. Sexual Abuse. Education
Synopsis / Plot
Bad Education tells the story of two friends – and first loves – and the sexual abuse they endure at a strict Salesian Catholic school. The complex narrative skilfully dramatizes how childhood events shape one’s adult life and relationships.
In the eighties, young gay film director Enrique Goded (Fele Martínez) is visited by his old school friend Ignacio Rodríguez (Gael García Bernal). Ignacio gives Enrique a short story to read; it begins by recounting the childhood experiences of the two men, who had suffered through Catholic school together in the sixties but were separated because of the jealous love of Father Manolo, the principal. Ignacio’s story goes on to invent a fictional reunion in the seventies, in which one boy is imagined as a suburban family man, the other a drug-addicted transvestite. Enrique decides that this story – part memory, part fantasy – will form the basis of his new film.
Awards
2004: Goya Awards: 4 Nominations, inc. Best Film
2004: Nominated BAFTA Awards: Best Film not in the English Language
2004: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Foreign Language Film
2004: European Film Awards: 7 Nominations including Best European Film
2004: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
Critics' reviews
  • "One of Almodovar's darkest films since the early days of 'Law of Desire' and 'Matador', and certainly one of his finest."
  • "Almodóvar is at his most breathtakingly complex and mature, and at his most pessimistic. (...) Rating:★★★★½ (out of 5) "
  • "If only Bad Education engaged the heart as much as the head, Almodovar's fractured tale might have risen above its alienating noir conventions. Puntuación: ★★½ (out of 4) "
  • "It is Bernal himself who sticks in your head the most."
  • "It still exerts an uncanny power: Like the best of Almodóvar's work, it throws you a first-love sucker punch that will stagger your heart, mind, and soul."
  • "An exercise in stylish, seductive and cinematically self-referential finesse. (...) Rating: ★★½ (out of 4)"
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