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

NC-17  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  11 February 2005 (USA)
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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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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
Alberto Ferreiro ...
Petra Martínez ...
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Pedro Almodóvar worked on the story structure for over 10 years. 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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All About My Father
21 November 2004 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

The title "Bad Education" only hints at what Almodovar's magnificent new film is all about. While certainly the sexual abuse the boy Ignacio suffers at the hands of Father Monolo is largely the contributing factor in the way his life turns out, (the film's most telling line occurs when the boy, on realising the priest's betrayal, says that at that moment he lost his faith and his belief in God and hell, that he was no longer afraid and without fear was capable of anything), it is not, essentially, what the film is about.

Indeed, a much better, if perhaps a more blase title might have been "All About My Father", for like Almodovar's earlier masterpiece "All About My Mother" it is a film about artifice, role-play and deception. The opening credits, (a pastiche of Saul Bass with a Herrmanesque score) deliberately evokes late Hitchcock and the film recalls "Vertigo", stylistically as well as thematically, another film about someone loving someone who is not whom they appear to be, each revelation building inexorably to a denouement as layers are quite literally stripped away. In a film which. in a sense, is 'about' acting, the performances are uniformly excellent, though to be fair, Gael Garcia Bernal, (certainly the best actor of his generation), stands head and shoulders above the rest playing a variation of roles, or rather a variation of the same role. All in all this is exquisite, pertinent all-encompassing film-making that only confirms Almodovar's position in the front rank of world class directors.

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