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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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 Rata de Callejón: There are as many kinds of kisses as kinds of love; the paternal kiss on the forehead, the kiss on the eyes full of peace, the amusing kiss on the nose, the friendly kiss on the cheek. All of these are somewhat anodyne, but they could be taken as tempting invitations to more perfidious ones, such as the indiscreet kiss on the throat, or the coaxing kiss in the ear which is like being told a secret. And finally there is the kiss on the lips. "A kiss means nothing," say the thoughtless. Perhaps ...
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Written by Morris Albert
Arranged by Miguel Morales
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Great fun
19 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ignore the mediocre reviews. Dark Habits is delightful, no less so than Almodóvar's later, more popular movies. This is not in any way interesting only because it shows how much better he got later. That's absurd.

This movie is great fun, deadpan, outrageously irreverent but never mean-spirited, affectionate, hilarious but in a subtly low-key way, wildly imaginative and yet gentle and sweet. I loved it. Julieta Serrano as the Mother Superior and Chus Lampreave (who has a larger role than in his later movies) as Sister Alley Rat are especially delightful.

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