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Dark Habits (1983)
"Entre tinieblas" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  10 March 1983 (Spain)
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A nightclub singer seeks refuge with gay nuns on dope in a Madrid convent.


(as Pedro Almodovar)


(as Pedro Almodovar)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cristina Sánchez Pascual ...
Yolanda (as Cristina S. Pascual)
Will More ...
Jorge (as Willmore)
Miguel Zúñiga ...
Madero (as Miguel Zuñiga)
Julieta Serrano ...
Sor Estiércol
Mary Carrillo ...
Marquesa (as Mari Carrillo)
Sor Perdida
Lina Canalejas ...
Sor Víbora
Manuel Zarzo ...
Chus Lampreave ...
Sor Rata
Marisa Tejada ...
Eva Siva ...
Rubén Tobías ...
Policía (as Ruben Tobias)


Yolanda sings in a seedy nightclub. When her boyfriend dies of an overdose, she fears the police and seeks refuge in a convent that saves women from the streets. These off-beat nuns include a heroin using abbess who loves Yolanda, one who writes romance novels under a pseudonym, another raising a tiger in the convent yard, and one who designs fabulous fashions and is in love with the local priest. They plan an evening extravaganza starring Yolanda to celebrate the abbess's birthday and to convince their wealthy patron not to abandon them. Written by <>

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Dark Habits  »

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Did You Know?


Alicia Hermida was offered the role of Sor Rata de Callejón, but her schedule didn't allowed her to do it. When Pedro Almodóvar knew this, he gave the part to Chus Lampreave, who previously had a smaller role. See more »


The "Salí porque salí" song is obviously not sung by Yolanda nor the backing vocalists. See more »


Abbess Julia: Very soon, this place will be full of murderesses, drug addicts, prostitues, just like before.
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References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »


Written by Morris Albert
Arranged by Miguel Morales
Performed by Sol Pilas
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Odd to say the least
1 January 2008 | by (Santa Monica, California) – See all my reviews

Nuns doing drugs. Acid, Heroin, Cocaine. Could be funny, wild and colorful. However,....this is not a witty, wacky, madcap that keeps you entertained like "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown". That is a funny, colorful, wacky, madcap that you can't stop watching. This is played very subtle, very low key, almost as if it was made by someone who hadn't ever seen anyone on Acid or Cocaine. I can tell you first hand no one acts this low key on those drugs. The set design here is good. But the dialogue and the blocking of the scenes is not. It almost appears amateurish. Also, my DVD picture looks washed out and the sound isn't good. I usually LOVE Pedro's films but I would avoid this one. It isn't great.

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