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Bad Education (2004)

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

Director:

Pedro Almodóvar

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gael García Bernal ... Ángel / Juan / Zahara
Fele Martínez ... Enrique Goded
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Padre Manolo
Lluís Homar ... Sr. Berenguer
Francisco Maestre ... Padre José
Francisco Boira ... Ignacio
Juan Fernández Juan Fernández ... Martín
Nacho Pérez Nacho Pérez ... Ignacio (as Ignacio Pérez)
Raúl García Forneiro Raúl García Forneiro ... Enrique (as Raúl Gª Forneiro)
Javier Cámara ... Paquito
Alberto Ferreiro ... Enrique Serrano
Petra Martínez ... Madre
Sandra Sandra
Roberto Hoyas 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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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | Latin

Release Date:

11 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Education See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$147,370, 21 November 2004

Gross USA:

$5,284,284

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,346,372
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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 »

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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Alternate Versions

An R-rated version of the film that trims or cuts some scenes was released on DVD, though the original NC-17 one is also available in the exact same format. See more »

Connections

References Two for the Road (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Kyrie
from "Petite Messe Solennelle"
by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Anna Fernández
With collaboration from Cor Vivaldi-Pequeños Cantores de Catalunya
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Very dark
24 October 2004 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

It is a very good film, although not as absolutely great as "Todo sobre my madre" and "Hable con ella"... Maybe because "Mala education" is sadder and darker than the previous Almodòvar films, the theme (the child abuse during college years) is disturbing and depressing, of course.

Almodòvar chooses this time a "noir" story. Enrique, a young movie director, looks for ideas for his next film. By chance he meets Ignacio, an old fellow of the college and his first love. Ignacio gives him a tale written by him, about the sexual abuses on him made by a priest during his childhood, in the college. This will be the inspiration for Enrique's movie, but the director will discover another dramatic truth...

In this film the gay element -which exists in all the Almodòvar's movies- comes back, stronger than in his last films. But above all there's the child rape problem, this is one of the most delicate themes the Spanish director has ever talked about. And naturally "Mala educacion" is one of his most tragic films. Whereas in the previous movies Almodòvar always let a place for hope, with this film it's not the case. That's why it is a very difficult tale to watch.

Cinematography is excellent, the music as well (with many recalls to the Sixties songs). Actors are also very good. For Gael Garcia Bernal (we saw him recently in "Motorcycle diaries") this is another solid effort. He portrays Ignacio, he enters the Almodòvar world with all the ambiguity required.


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