[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!
Escrever sobre os filmes de Almodovar é uma tarefa tão difiícil quanto assistí-los. O nível de intimidade que ele carrega os seus personagens e a maneira como ele atinge o espectador, nunca de maneira sutil, fazem com que suas películas exijam mente aberta, pois é preciso estar preparado para tudo.
"Má Educação" carrega a marca do diretor ao contar a história de amor entre duas crianças que estudavam em um colégio católico e que em função de alguns eventos ocorridos na época, incluindo abuso sexual de um padre em uma das crianças, acabam sendo separadas, algo que marcará não apenas suas vidas, mas a de todos a sua volta. Em uma trama só, Almodovar reúne temas polêmicos de…
I'm running out of things to say about the film that Almodovar keeps making. But, like AC/DC, doing the same thing over and over again isn't necessarily a bad thing if you do it well. Almodovar does.
Film #21 of the "Scavenger Hunt" Challenge
Dark, really dark. The flashback scenes with the kid singing and the abuse, that was very uncomfortable to watch. Choosing to make one of the protagonists a director and wrapping things up with that final phrase made me feel this was a way too personal film for Almodovar. The ambitious writing and the colorful shots that seem to be his trademarks are present. The plot is complex and features a couple of nice twists that I shouldn't get more specific about, the acting is also solid, Garcia Bernal stands out as usual.
Most Almodovar's main characters feel fundamentally flawed in a number of ways and there is no exception in this one. Greed, vanity, lust, they can't escape the nature of sin they were talking about in catholic school after all.
I wouldn't recommend it to people who feel they wouldn't want to watch this.
Average but watchable. It's a little confusing at times, but the acting is strong all around and the story can be a little sexy in places, but i've seen better from Almodovar.
Of all Almodovar's movies, this one is the weakest, with serious plot inconsistencies and a rehash of previous visuals.
Almodovar delivers the goods, man... transexuals, drag queens, heroin, murder, blackmail, perverts, and more. At the beginning of the film, I lamented the loss of the grit that was in his 80's films, which was one of the elements of his work that I found most alluring. The grit mixed with the lurid colors reminded me of something, and it gave me a good charge. The colors are still there, and the themes are still there, it just looks a little "nicer." Bernal looks way sexier in drag than he has any business looking. He really does get a chance to shine, taking on this multi-faceted role. As always, the experience leaves me eager for the next Almodovar picture.
How? How do you write such an incredibly diverse dialogue and melodrama filled film that is able to pay off and maintains your attention while working through the formula? How, really, how?
This film blew me away and it stands as yet another achievement of Almodovar's filmography and one of the greatest screenplays ever written.
Flawed, messy and built on confusing characterizations, but never not entertaining.
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