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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 & 41 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 ... Transformista
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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Trivia

The film opened the 57th Cannes Film Festival in 2004. It was the first Spanish film to ever get that honor. 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

Remake of Law of Desire (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Quizás, Quizás, Quizás
Written by Osvaldo Farrés
Published by Peer International Corporation (BMI)
(c) 1947 by Caribbean Music Co. Ltd
Performed by Sara Montiel
By the license from Dpto. de Productos Especiales de (p) EMI Odeon, S.A., Madrid, España, 2003
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Not the best, but still wonderful
17 May 2004 | by ivanrfSee 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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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | Latin

Release Date:

11 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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