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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 ...
Ignacio (as Ignacio Pérez)
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Enrique (as Raúl Gª Forneiro)
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Alberto Ferreiro ...
Petra Martínez ...
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Roberto Hoyas ...
Camarero
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Storyline

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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At the beginning of the movie, there's a poster of a fictitious film called "La abuela fantasma" on the wall in Enrique's studio (it's clearly visible when Ángel leaves after giving his screenplay to Enrique). "La abuela fantasma" was the original title of another Pedro Almodóvar film, Volver (2006). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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References The Adultress (1953) See more »

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Torna a Surriento
(Giambattista De Curtis (as G.B. De Curtis) / Ernesto de Curtis (as E. de Curtis))
Adapted by Pedro Almodóvar
Performed by Pedro José Sanchez Martinez
Programa de Canto Infantil Padre Soler, Universidad Carlos III (Madrid)
Sponsored by Ayuntamiento de Parla and Fundación Marc Rich
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Dark, twisted and fun
24 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

La Mala Educación could easily be Almodóvar's best movie ever. Yes the movie is darker than usual, but the plot is masterfully rendered in a mind-boggling game of morbid role-reversals. The best metaphor I can find is a distorted mirror: the story is broken down in pieces, a movie into a movie, characters shifting unexpectedly in even darker areas, stealing each other's lines and turning the table over and over. Gael García Bernal is at his best, finally playing on ambiguity rather than relying on his good looks.

The soundtrack is odd, and funny, with a clever use of old songs that perfectly fit the plot ("Cuore Matto", a Spanish version of "Moon River") and an amusingly obscene version of "Torna a Sorrento", which I am afraid most will miss. Aside from the mind boggling twists of the campy "noir" plot, the real mystery is the NC-17 rating. Pretty amazing in a movie with virtually no nudity and it speaks volumes about what we are going to see-- and not see in the future.


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