[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.
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!
Excellent Almodovar effort balances a creepy, Hitchcockian crime narrative about betrayal, secrets, and mistaken identity alongside a dense, embedded array of stories covering the director's usual thematic concerns, especially regarding the unpredictable effects of sexual desire.
"Pienso que acabo de perder la fe en este momento, y al no tener fe, ya no creo en Dios ni en el infierno. Si no creo en el infierno, ya no tengo miedo, y sin miedo soy capaz de cualquier cosa."
- Usted mantenga la calma. Yo me ocuparé de hacer desaparecer el cuerpo (...). Ha sido en defensa propia, padre. Nos hubiera hecho la vida imposible (...). Además, no tenemos testigos.
-Sí, pero él está de nuestra parte...
Oh, those wacky Catholics. Almodóvar has cloaked a look at one of the biggest wrongs of that religion in a twisted tale using his signature gender-bending mix of Jean-Paul Gaultier costuming and carnival colored scenery. While there was a little too much man-on-man action for my tastes, Bad Education is still an excellent film. Gael Garcia Bernal is definitely a freak, has a dazzling array of talents, and does a great job of playing the five roles he has in this movie. Meow meow meow~
Qué bueno que está Gael
A Hitchcock film hidden inside a love story, this is pretty unpredictable. The last 1/4 of it has always sort of rubbed me the wrong way (when the priest arrives and tells his story). This is probably because we are suddenly presented with a story revolving around two secondary characters and the emotional core seems to vanish. Despite this, there is so much that does work. I enjoy Almodovar when he is working in a darker mode, like "The Skin I Live In," and this one mostly delivers.
A delirious and fascinating noir about the human capacity for longing and obsession. It may be Almodovar's greatest both formally and structurally.
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