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Bad Education (2004)
"La mala educación" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  19 March 2004 (Spain)
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An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.

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Padre Manolo
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Padre José
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Ignacio
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Martín
Nacho Pérez ...
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Raúl García Forneiro ...
Enrique (as Raúl Gª Forneiro)
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In the early 60s, two boys - Ignacio and Enrique - discover love, movies and fear in a Christian school. Father Manolo, the school principal and Literature teacher, both witnesses and takes part in these discoveries. The three characters come against one another twice again, in the late 70s and in 1980. These meetings are set to change the life and death of some of them. Written by Anonymous

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Rated NC-17 for a scene of explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$147,370 (USA) (19 November 2004)

Gross:

$5,211,842 (USA) (22 April 2005)
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Pedro Almodóvar worked on the story structure for over 10 years. See more »

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When Burenguer declines Ignacio's story over the phone, he says that he wouldn't be accepting it for "Short Stories of the 80's". According to his story, it would have had to been at least 1977, three years before the '80s let alone before a compilation of stories from the '80s would be released. See more »

Quotes

Ignacio: 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.
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Maniquí Parisien
(Arcadio Rosés Berdiel / Manuel Aniesa (as Manuel Aniesa Pelayo))
(c) 1960 by Arcadio Roses Berdiel/Manuel Aniesa Pelayo, Madrid
Authorized by the exclusive worldwide rights holder, Ediciones Musicales Hispavox, S.A.
Performed by Sara Montiel
By the license from Dpto. de Productos Especiales de (p) EMI Odeon, S.A., Madrid, España, 2003
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Utterly brilliant
27 November 2004 | by (Malta) – See all my reviews

With 'La Mala Educación' Pedro Almodóvar has surpassed himself. It's a very intelligent film with wisely-chosen actors. Gael García Bernal is simply magnificent in portraying three very different characters. This goes to show that he's not only got looks but also a great talent. It couldn't have been easy for him, especially when doing the role of Zahara! Fele Martínez is also very good as Enrique, Ignacio's beloved childhood friend. A round of applause goes to the young Ignacio as well. One can see the anxiety in his eyes when Father Manolo approaches him. The latter's frustration is very clearly brought out in the direction of certain scenes by Almodóvar. Definitely not a film to miss!


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