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)


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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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ESP 259,429 (Spain)

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Pedro Almodóvar's first film to have a proper producer and be made for a proper film company, rather than be made on the hoof like his previous projects. Almodóvar has since distanced himself from the film as he felt that he had to bow to commercial considerations. See more »


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


Sor Estiércol: [as she is eating a piece of cake] Eating this is like taking communion. Jesus appeared to me while I was making it; He offered me his wounds to suck, like a swallow.
Sor Rata de Callejón: That's called a hallucination!
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References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »


Written by Carlos Arturo Bris
Performed by Lucho Gatica
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Very Very Funny, but it helps if you speak Spanish
8 June 2007 | by (wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Finally saw this film today. I laughed out loud many times. It's just so wonderfully outrageous. The nuns are played by actresses that went on to play leads in Almodovar's later films: Women on the Verge, All About My Mother, etc. The actress who plays Sister Rat figures prominently, which made me very happy, as she has had mostly very minor roles in the later films. The first time I noticed her was in Talk To Her. She played the concierge, and asks the reporter why her tenant in in jail. The reporter says he's innocent. She replies, I know, but innocent of what? She has right-on deadpan delivery that just knocks you out, and it's on full display in Dark Habits.

The film is less neatly constructed than Almodovar's later works, and one might say the ending is somewhat messy. Still, it's interesting to compare it to his incredibly polished work of the last ten years. While the uninitiated (to Almodovar) may find parts of it a little shocking, it's not nearly as raw as it would be if it were made today--certainly the lesbianism is tame by today's standard.

Other reviewers are right that a lot of the English subtitles miss the ironic tone in the script. But don't let that stop you . . . It's Almodovar! Even second tier Almodovar with inadequate subtitling is better than 99 percent of everything else!

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