This is my personal counter-list to YouTube reviewer Chris Stuckmann's selections from his book The Film Buff's Bucket List. I…
This Pedro Almodóvar film explores the sexual misconduct in the Catholic Church in 1960’s Spain. The film is about two boys who are mistreated in a Catholic school and the struggles they face later in life with their sexual identity and hatred for priests.
I'm not going to tell any detail about the story of this film because if I do, it will lose all the charm. I'm just going to say that La Mala Educación tells a story full of secrets, you can feel the mystery in the air and you really don't know for sure what is going to come next. That is the reason why you'll be interested since the very beginning of the story.
The scrip is a little complex, and throughout the film you'll try to figure out what is really going on until everything is revealed and the last twist of the story is very good!
Gael García Bernal gives a great performance! His versatility is something amazing.
La Mala Educación is a tragic story told in a very original way, a fantastic work from Pedro Almodóvar.
During the period of Francoist Spain, in which the country was totalitarian, and the regime favoured a very conservative Roman Catholicism approach, a particular process which came into place between 1936 and beyond - and until 1975, the time of Franco's death, Spain (in general) considered lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders transgressive, wrong and against moral & ethical codes. It was also during this time that Pedro Almodóvar, the director of Bad Education lived as an adolescent.
He himself was sent to live at a religious boarding school during this time; and of course, as the director so often does, he fuses reality and fiction allowing his own confessions (like one would confess of course at church) to filter through during…
Review In A Nutshell:
After Pedro Almodovar's immensely impressive The Skin I Live In, I was eager to explore more of the filmmaker's work; hoping to find another gem that would convince me that it wasn't just a fluke. I decided to take on Bad Education before the others because it was recommended to me with such enthusiasm and confidence; no doubt that did raise expectations. Bad Education did not live up to my exceedingly demanding expectations, but it did leave me impressed, another positive notch on the director's filmography. It covers ideas that are dark and tragic, but it doesn't convey it in a haunting and sadistic way, Almodovar keeps his material balanced with moments of sadness and comedy…
It does hang on the soap opera side of storytelling, but Almodovar crafts his stories so well you have to watch them. Very confusing in early parts, but it all makes sense in the end. Language barrier and a complicated narrative with many characters probably doesn't help.
Also that kid has giant ears. Phooey. I'm surprised he didn't just fly out of that school and join a circus.
Sweet Jesus, Gael Garcia Bernal is a beautiful man... and, if this film is anything to go by, he’d make a beautiful woman too!
La Mala Educación (in English; Bad Education) is a unique, brave and often harrowing story that pushes boundaries and makes its audience think long after the end credits have rolled. Set primarily in Madrid in 1980, it tells the story of a young and struggling film director, Enrique Goded (Martínez), who is forced to confront his past after a visit from a man claiming to be…
''I think I've just lost my faith at this moment, so I no longer believe in God or hell. As I don't believe in hell, I'm not afraid. And without fear I'm capable of anything.''
A playful and subversive treat from Pedro Almodóvar, that is notably a personal passion project that he had been writing and trying to bring to the screen for many years. The layered narrative takes some time to lock into, but its rewards are many once you do. Love the Hitchcockian title sequence especially!
so real it kinda feels odd
Despite the heavy subject matter (childhood sexual abuse, drug addiction), the typically Almodovar elements of double identities, melodramatic lust, raging queens and art-imitating-life-imitating-art keep this film buoyant and more amusing than affecting. However, the mystery is clever, a real delight to play along with as it unfolds onion-like the layers of a story that at first seems like merely a gay, soapy play on Hitchcock's themes and style.
Actually, that's still kind of what it is.
The Hermann-style score is fantastic and Garcia Bernal is smoking hot both in and out of drag. Not a terrible place to start with Almodovar, but if you're only going to watch one or two of his films, this is not one of the masterpieces.
Con ésta, Almodóvar toca todos los botones para crear un cóctel de temas difíciles de digerir. Arriesgada, oscura, explícita, y sobre todo, compleja; una de esas historias que el director suele tejer con idas y vueltas cronológicas, historias paralelas, ficción/realidad, y diferentes puntos de vista. Lo considero un director infravalorado, un tipo con una identidad propia e historias originales que contar, lo comparo con Tarantino en ese sentido.
Unos créditos iniciales dignos de Saul Bass y un frame final que es un facepalm para todo diseñador gráfico OMG no lo podía creer.
Almodóvar, un director que explora temas LGBT antes de que fuera mainstream.
I didn't expect to come across a noir film watching Almodovar and such a great one too.
Bad Education (or La Mala Educacion) is Almodovar's masterpiece. It is also one of his most personal films, because elements within the film are autobiographical in nature. This film is told in a noirish fragmented narrative structure that will demand your attention throughout.
When Enrique and Ignacio fall in love with one another at a Catholic school, the two boys are forced apart when the pedophilic priest has Enrique expelled, in order to continue his sexual abuse of Ignacio.
Years later, Enrique is now a successful filmmaker who is looking for a new project. One day, a man claiming to be Ignacio shows up at his door with a screenplay entitled The Visit. He says that the screenplay is partly…
A brilliant film about relationships and making films about relationships that verges on film noir. Beautifully acted. Gael García Bernal is brilliant in a complex role with many twists and turns. Pedro Almodóvar serves up a scrumptious piece of filmmaking.
Of the remarkable series of films Pedro Almodovar made between The Flower of My Secret and Volver, Bad Education is my least favourite. I’m not against it, I just find it less interesting...but this might say more about me than the film. The previous films were distinguished by complex rounded characters operating within excessive, soap opera narratives: Bad Education’s narrative is not based on coincidence or unlikelihoods, and, compared to Almodovar’s other stories, is grounded in verisimilitude. This means that Bad Education is not as playful as Almodovar’s other work: this gives it a different atmosphere, but I think it is more important than that. In All About My Mother, for instance, the transsexual character was positive and sympathetic, her…
El abuso de poder de la jerarquía eclesiástica (violación de menores incluido) sirve como excusa para que Almodóvar se explaye sobre la importancia de las historias como verdaderos mecanismos de defensa ante el paso del tiempo y el olvido. No por casualidad esta película, Volver hasta cierto punto e indudablemente Los Abrazos Rotos hablan del mismo asunto.
Aunque por encima no es más que un neo-noir, con una femme fatale (o la deconstrucción de ella) bien particular, Pedrito no escatima a la hora de hacer guiños a sus películas favoritas del género; de las películas que hizo en esta década quizás esta es mi favorita porque además demuestra no sólo su dominio de la escritura cinematográfica, sino también como visualista filma una de sus películas más atractivas.
Obra maestra imperfecta.
"it's as if all the films were talking about us..."
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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