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.
Divertida interpretación del "película dentro de una película", repleta de Gael García BAErnal siendo lindo con su acento español (me pareció raro el concepto de fingir un acento, hasta que me acordé de la cantidad de actores gringos hablando en acentos británicos y viceversa. Fue un momento muy loco)
Even better than I remembered this. Almodovar weaves a fascinating plot that is intricate without being confusing. This is a story within a story within a story of a young boy molested by a priest as a child who grows up to write about the experience. Gael Garcia Bernal is brilliant as Angel, or is it Juan, or is Zahara? Great film that I highly recommend.
Decent Almodovar flick containing all the usual antics. Nothing surprising, but not disappointing.
I loved the fractured plot structure and the unstable identities. Truly masterful story-telling. Gael Garcia Bernal was incredible.
Creo que es la película de Almodóvar que está eclipsada por Todo sobre mi Madre cuando creo que llega a estar al mismo nivel que esta última. No quiero decir que es la más artística porque me vería en la obligación de mencionar "La Piel que Habito" (aunque sería una tontería porque La Mala Educación le da mil vueltas)
Gozada de principio a fin!
Labyrinth of passion, indeed--a ferociously dark and sexy queering of film noir; the bitter seed of Law of Desire flowering into some toxic, exotic hot house bloom. Rarely has the sensual and the sinister been juxtaposed so irresistibly.
gael garcia bernal's performance makes the film.
para ser mi primera película de este tío me ha gustado.
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