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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
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 16 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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:

$40,423,279
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 young Ignacio is singing to Father Manolo as a birthday present his lips move a little before we hear the lyrics 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 The Adultress (1953) 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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Ironically easily usable in classes about film-making
27 February 2010 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

OK, so you'd have to make sure that they could all handle the subject matter, but once you're past that, it's perfect. This is only the second Almodovar movie that I watch(and I haven't seen the other version of this, either), the first being Volver, which I *loved*. I've heard that his work is usually divisive... I guess so, because this one simply did not grab me. It's not the overall story; in fact, I have to commend the man on an impeccable job done on the structure, the sheer fact that you can *follow* this thing, with several narratives, is a genuine accomplishment, and I personally enjoyed immensely how the director in this was trying to make motion pictures out of real events, right down to finding inspiration in newspapers, to see the artistic process, although I suppose that not everyone will necessarily feel the same way as I did about it. I have no problem with exploring pedophilia in the Church, rather, I consider it vital to do so. It's probably not that this is a crime mystery, and I hadn't figured out the solution before it was revealed. The plot is good, and it moves along nicely. I can only applaud the acting, even the kids are utterly and completely convincing. The characters are well-written, thoroughly developed, credible and three-dimensional. This is put together well, the cinematography and editing are smooth and clearly had effort and talent behind them. You know what? I don't think I can define why this didn't click with me. However, I'm not going to take it out on something as expertly made as this. It wasn't for me, that doesn't mean it won't be for you. If what I've described here sounds appealing, give it a chance. There is a lot of pretty graphic(apparently, originally downright explicit)sexuality and nudity, a little disturbing content and some infrequent strong language in this. Also, for anyone bothered by such, this is about transvestitism and homosexuality. The DVD comes with four and a half minutes of deleted scenes, a handful of galleries, a minute and 45 seconds behind the scenes montage, a theatrical trailer, a teaser and a TV spot. I recommend this to any fan of drama. 8/10


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