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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…
REVIEW: La Mala Educacion
An Examination Of The Effects Of Childhood Sexual Victimization and Trauma Between Two Former Friends and Lovers. Juggling Dark Themes and Intrigue, La Mala Educacion Is A Daring, Trangressive Exercise In Well-Layered Storytelling. Gael Garcia Bernal Continues To Showcase His Versatility, Delivering An Intricate Performance. Fele Martínez Does A Good Job In His Role Here Even If The Character Never Feels As Important As He Should. Daniel Giminez Cacho Gives a Solid Performance In His Role. Lluis Homar Brings The Correct Kind Of Creepy Perviness In Performance. The Direction By Pedro Almodovar Is Beautiful, The Cinematography Is Delightful and The Screenplay/Story Is A Vigorously Labyrinthine Mystery Just As Complex As Its Core Subject. Bad Education, Good Movie.
7.5 Out Of 10 On The Slate Scale
There's something about Almodóvar main characters. Excellent film, excellent performances by Gael García Bernal and Fele Martínez. One of my favorite spanish films of all times.
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…
One of Almodóvar most Stylish films but it’s probably at the expense of the story. It’s occasionally clever with wonderful performances but it’s rather melodramatic and lacks heart. A fascinating film, none the less, that goes off in many directions which leaves the viewer struggling to keep a genuine handle on everything.
Una película con una crítica ácida sobre las escuelas que estaban regidas por la religión. Pederastia, travestismo, homosexualidad, y diferentes temas que se tratan con una sutileza pero a la vez con una sinceridad que cautiva al espectador.
Durante sus 100 minutos, no puedes quitar el ojo de lo que está sucediendo ante ti. Una historia simple, sin muchas florituras pero con ciertos detalles turbios que es narrada de forma excepcional. Un ejercicio metacinematográfico espléndido.
A destacar la actuación de Gael García Bernal, un animal de la interpretación. Arrebata cada frase que sale por su boca. Una pura delicia de personaje y de actor.
Hitchcock filtered through Almodovarian sensibilities, in other words, a fantastic film.
Certain aspects of the story most likely wouldn't hold up very well to close analysis and the ending feels a little abrupt, anticlimactic, and just a tad bit silly.
Almodovar's sense of high drama mixed with fascinating, sympathetic characters is on full display here. The use of withheld information and particular actors playing characters in fantasy sequences that are revealed later in the "real world" of the film are masterfully done.
Mi pelicula preferito de Almodovar!
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…