Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
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…
''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…
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.
This movie is completely insane in the best way possible. Having not seen any of Almodóvar's films before (I was recommended this by my friend Fernando), I honestly had no idea what to expect. From the poster, I thought it would be some slow, gritty drama when it was quite this opposite. It's full of bright colors, energy from it's cast and is very much inspired by Alfred Hitchcock. So many things about this film are reminiscent of Psycho and I was in love. Will definitely be checking out more from this director.
Almodóvar's twisty thriller following layers of blackmail, manipulated truths and deepest desires mixed with his deep affection for Spanish melodrama, camp excess and film noir makes for one of his most distinctive films. Granted occasionally a bit indulgent to fully come together in the end.
A filmmaker mets up with an old school friend who offers him a script tying their past with an idealistic present, with the friend merely pleading to play himself in the film, although the director can't see the same person from his childhood, as it becomes apparent that the fiction being created may not be so outlandish than the truth.
What keeps the film ticking where many plain vanilla thrillers would fumble is the twist…
Wherever you're going, I'm going your way.
Un thriller da non sottovalutare che tocca tanti argomenti e lo fa anche in modo piuttosto incisivo. La costruzione del film è accattivante: lo spettatore viene continuamente stupito e costretto a riconsiderare ogni scena passata mano a mano che la verità viene a galla. Al centro di tutto, ovviamente, il bellissimo Gael García Bernal, che tutto dice e tutto nega.
In classic Almodovar fashion, the plot is revealed slowly and with unexpected twists. The narrative never flows freely but is told using various framing devices. It all makes sense at the end and is very sad.
Not my favorite Almodovar flick, but worth a watch. It in no way deserves its NC-17 rating. How many movies are NC-17 anyway? Gael Garcia Bernal proves his range and goes all over the place in this one.
I was shocked when I learned this film was rated NC-17. That's blatant homophobia.
At face value the plot seems arbitrarily convoluted but it is engaging and sympathetic enough that the story is easy to follow.
Find myself working my way through Almodovars work so slowly because every movie is so so so good I don't want it to end....
Hace dos semanas pasé, mientras caminaba bajo la lluvia, por la puerta del antiguo cine Tyris. Aunque ahora es un gimnasio y nunca he besado a un cura me entraron ganas de tramar algo muy malo.
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