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Bad Education (2004)

La mala educación (original title)
NC-17 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 11 February 2005 (USA)
An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.


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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 16 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
Ángel / Juan / Zahara
Padre Manolo
Francisco Maestre ...
Padre José
Juan Fernández ...
Nacho Pérez ...
Ignacio (as Ignacio Pérez)
Raúl García Forneiro ...
Enrique (as Raúl Gª Forneiro)
Paca / Paquito
Roberto Hoyas ...


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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Release Date:

11 February 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bad Education  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,199,793 (Spain) (19 March 2004)


$5,211,842 (USA) (22 April 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mexican born actor Gael García Bernal had to be able to do a convincing Spanish accent before Pedro Almodóvar would allow him to get his role(s) in the movie. Bernal also had to master Spanish body language. He took flamenco lessons to help him do that. He also studied the films of Barbara Stanwyck and Spanish camp icon Sara Montiel, as well as Almodovar's previous leading ladies, Carmen Maura and Victoria Abril. When asked, however, if there was a particular femme fatale he sought to emulate, Bernal's response was Alain Delon's sexually ambiguous Ripley in Purple Noon (1960). See more »


When young Ignacio is singing to Father Manolo as a birthday present his lips move a little before we hear the lyrics See more »


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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Spoofs Casablanca, Nest of Spies (1963) See more »


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Not the best, but still wonderful
17 May 2004 | by (Vigo,Galicia) – See all my reviews

The latest film by Almodovar after the awarded All about my mother and Talk to her has divided the public opinion. Part of the audience say its the continuity of the director's talent and the other part does not like the film at all. But this division has always happened with Almodovar films, you love it or you hate it.

Of course the subject of the church and the pederasty has provoked scandals, like the cancellation of the film in many French cinemas, but despite this fact the film has been the one chosen (and the first Spanish film) to open the Cannes festival.

In the film we can feel Almodovar touch everywhere: the tremendously deep characters, the unbelievable plot and the colourful scene as well as in the camera angles. All this things make Almodovar maintain a fidelity to his style. Another curiosity is the cameo that the director's brother, who appears in most of his films, does, in this case as a pool cleaner.

The Gael Garcia's acting, without Mexican accent, is wonderful and he shines as a travestite femme fatale, an icon to noir films, just as Almodovar likes to describe the film.. The atmosphere of the film carries us to the 80s thanks to its perfect job of decoration and wardrobe documentation .

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