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Dark Habits (1983)

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Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 10 March 1983 (Spain)
A nightclub singer seeks refuge with gay nuns on dope in a Madrid convent.

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(as Pedro Almodovar)

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(as Pedro Almodovar)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cristina Sánchez Pascual ...
Yolanda (as Cristina S. Pascual)
Will More ...
Jorge (as Willmore)
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Lina
Miguel Zúñiga ...
Madero (as Miguel Zuñiga)
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Superiora
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Sor Estiércol
Mary Carrillo ...
Marquesa (as Mari Carrillo)
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Sor Perdida
Lina Canalejas ...
Sor Víbora
Manuel Zarzo ...
Capellán
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Sor Rata
Marisa Tejada ...
Lola
Eva Siva ...
Antonia
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Merche
Rubén Tobías ...
Policía (as Ruben Tobias)
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Storyline

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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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Antonia: It's too late to change; your place is here. And where could you go? You're 48 years old.
Sor Rata de Callejón: I beg your pardon, but I'm only 47!
Antonia: [as her sister brushes away the plant by her face] Move over a bit! The plant keeps hitting you in the mustache!
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References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Dime
Written by Morris Albert
Arranged by Miguel Morales
Performed by Sol Pilas
Edited by Ediciones Quiroga Barcelona (España)
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It's not every day you see a nun on smack…
1 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It's not very often that you can go back this far in a director's career and find a film this good.

It's sure as hell not sentimental; it's a black comedy - you've got parody, satire and a dark-humour rolled into one.

There already signs of Almodóvar's skill at film-making, already touches of Almodóvar's trademark whit and humour. It starts out with a girl at a crossroads in her life: on the one hand, a drug fuelled crazy future… the other, the stability of a convent. Or is that the other way round? For those familiar with Almodóvar's films, there are some of the reoccurring themes you'd expect to find, amongst others: prostitution, nuns, drugs, and dealers. More specifically, Dark Habits seems to deal with (to me anyway) a novelist (Almodóvar's film's often touch on creativity/ those involved), the idea of what is good, and along a similar vain, our abilities to turn a new leaf.

Obviously being in subtitles is going to exclude this for some, but others are whole-heartedly recommended; even if it isn't the best Almodóvar film, I've found it the most enjoyable so far. (I haven't heard a quote better than "I'm Sister Rat of the Sewers. I was keen to meet you" recently.)

Oh, and look out for the tiger ;-)


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