[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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.
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…
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…
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.
''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!
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…
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..."
I much prefer Almodóvar's lighter fare, but this thriller was both tense and beautiful, so who am I to complain?
An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.
Emotionally speaking, this is Almodovar at his peak. The music, acting and stark imagery make this a powerful film, even more so than most of his output. It's both more an less plot-focused than his other films, simpler than usual in its approach to individual scenes and character relationships, but more convoluted and heavily folded in on itself as well. The upside is that this is a very slick and clever film that tells its story compellingly, with both Hitchcock-mode intrigue and raw emotion to spare. The downside is that, with so much going on, the characters don't feel as fleshed out and real as they perhaps should. One of the big twists, for example, results in one of the…
The first time i have found an Almodovar movie to be a dreadful bore and a bland experience in general. I found the direction uninspiring and listless. His usual themes are present but they have been done so much better before in previous movies. Pass!
Después de más de dos años sin ver cine de Pedro Almodóvar, hoy decidí volver a su filmografía con otro de sus tantos alabados films: La mala educación.
Pese a que con La mala educación esperaba encontrarme una crítica directa y ácida -como lo habría hecho un gran Luis Buñuel-, terminé encontrándome un buen drama con aires de thriller que está muy bien hecho. Desde sus increíbles créditos, ya podemos presenciar ante cuan interesante film estamos por sumergirnos, y es algo que terminando reafirmando en su final.
Un Pedro Almodóvar extravagante como siempre, con una facilidad de escribir guiones tan increíbles y sobretodo un magistral
Gael García Bernal. Sin duda alguno uno de los mejores actores Latinoamericanos de la historia del cine.
"Esta sociedad valora más mi libertad que su hipocresía."
Basic Almodóvar to me. Interesting plot but somehow these do not convince me. Gael though was enjoyable to watch as always.
Complete list. :-(
This list is films with LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer and intersex) content that I watched or will watch