[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!
Ok wow, so this was not what I expected. My entry point to Almodovar, and I kind of love it (next week I'm going to a day of public screenings of his movies with Julieta, Volver and All About My Mother, so I'm really diving into his filmography here).
Bad Education is... what is Bad Education? It's certainly a million miles away from the Jack Whitehall TV series. I mean, I love Gael Garcia Bernal, him alone gives me heart palpitations, so that helps, but when the whole thing is shot so vibrantly and the plot... where to get started with the plot? It's completely and utterly, totally, absolutely insane. It's complicated in a way that actively challenges you to…
Pedro Almodovar is straight wild
I love it when Almodovar does stories within stories; he tells them so well.
Torn about the story structure here. Like super torn. Like split boxer, dick-waggling out the middle torn. On one hand, it's ingenious, effortlessly hacking up a fairly simple yarn a la Kane, and neatly reflecting the tabloid journalism angle that the first scene introduces (would love to actually see someone— preferably Spike Jonze— make a film about that frozen motorcyclist). But Almodovar spreads it all too thin, extinguishing the emotional impact. The reveal that almost the entire first half of Bad Education has been a big cinematic ruse should be devastating, especially considering that deceptively nonchalant rug-pulls are a special weakness of mine (you should see how much the insulin stuff in Memento makes me cry). That it's not…
since Almodóvar has been always flirting with noir and thriller elements in his films, what if he went on doing a full-form genre movie of his own. Fear not, he actually fuckin' succeeds. Morbid, lurid, uncomfortable and super effective. The work of a genius filmmaker processing all the cinephile years of watching too much Hitchcock.
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.
nI've really liked all the recommendation kind of lists on the site, but didn't really want to open myself up…
Complete list. :-(