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Dark Habits (1983)

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Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 3 October 1983 (Spain)
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A nightclub singer seeks refuge with gay nuns on dope in a Madrid convent.

Director:

Pedro Almodóvar (as Pedro Almodovar)

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Pedro Almodóvar (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)
Laura Cepeda ... Lina
Miguel Zúñiga Miguel Zúñiga ... Madero (as Miguel Zuñiga)
Julieta Serrano ... Superiora
Marisa Paredes ... Sor Estiércol
Mary Carrillo ... Marquesa (as Mari Carrillo)
Carmen Maura ... Sor Perdida
Lina Canalejas ... Sor Víbora
Manuel Zarzo ... Capellán
Chus Lampreave ... Sor Rata
Marisa Tejada Marisa Tejada ... Lola
Eva Siva Eva Siva ... Antonia
Cecilia Roth ... Merche
Rubén Tobías 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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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

3 October 1983 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Habits See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tesauro See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Alicia Hermida was offered the role of Sor Rata de Callejón, but her schedule didn't allow her to do it. Once Pedro Almodóvar knew this, he gave the part to Chus Lampreave, who previously had a smaller role. See more »

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

Quotes

Sor Rata de Callejón: There are as many kinds of kisses as kinds of love; the paternal kiss on the forehead, the kiss on the eyes full of peace, the amusing kiss on the nose, the friendly kiss on the cheek. All of these are somewhat anodyne, but they could be taken as tempting invitations to more perfidious ones, such as the indiscreet kiss on the throat, or the coaxing kiss in the ear which is like being told a secret. And finally there is the kiss on the lips. "A kiss means nothing," say the thoughtless. Perhaps ...
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References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Salí porque salí
Written by J. Curiel Alonso
Arranged by Miguel Morales
Performed by Sol Pilas
Edited by Música Latina N.Y. (USA)
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Nuns on smack.
9 May 2010 | by zetesSee all my reviews

What else do you need to know? Honestly, this isn't Almodovar's best work. In fact, it's pretty sloppy story-wise. But I enjoyed the heck out of it. Cristina Sanchez Pascual plays a heroin-addicted singer who hides out in a convent after her boyfriend overdoses. The nuns there are, shall we say, a little quirky in that they are mostly on drugs (heroin, cocaine, acid - but not pot; at one point a nun says "you know I don't do soft drugs"). Also, one's a lesbian and another writes lurid romance novels and together they have raised a pet tiger. They all have names like Sister Snake and Sister Rat, because the humiliation is sacred. There's really no compelling reason the nuns are on drugs. It's just kind of a shocking, humorous detail. I think Bunuel would have loved it, though the film itself isn't particularly blasphemous. It doesn't view the nuns or Catholicism cynically. It just exists in its own, weird Almodovar universe. The plot is not very strong, so the whole thing just kind of fizzles, but it's entertaining. Carmen Maura plays one of the nuns, but she's not an extremely important character. On the Region 1 DVD, though, she graces the cover.


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