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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Ángel / Juan / Zahara
... Enrique Goded
... Padre Manolo
... Sr. Berenguer
Francisco Maestre ... Padre José
... Ignacio
Juan Fernández ... Martín
Nacho Pérez ... Ignacio (as Ignacio Pérez)
Raúl García Forneiro ... Enrique (as Raúl Gª Forneiro)
... Paquito
... Enrique Serrano
... Madre
Sandra
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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Crime | Drama

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€1,199,793 (Spain), 21 March 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$147,370, 21 November 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,211,842, 24 April 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,273,930, 27 April 2008
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Trivia

Gael García Bernal fired off an angry riposte to New York Times reporter Lynn Hirschberg after she claimed that he had fallen out with Pedro Almodóvar over filming the explicit homosexual love scenes in the film. Bernal wanted it on record that he had had absolutely no reservations about taking the role. 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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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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Dark, twisted and fun
24 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

La Mala Educación could easily be Almodóvar's best movie ever. Yes the movie is darker than usual, but the plot is masterfully rendered in a mind-boggling game of morbid role-reversals. The best metaphor I can find is a distorted mirror: the story is broken down in pieces, a movie into a movie, characters shifting unexpectedly in even darker areas, stealing each other's lines and turning the table over and over. Gael García Bernal is at his best, finally playing on ambiguity rather than relying on his good looks.

The soundtrack is odd, and funny, with a clever use of old songs that perfectly fit the plot ("Cuore Matto", a Spanish version of "Moon River") and an amusingly obscene version of "Torna a Sorrento", which I am afraid most will miss. Aside from the mind boggling twists of the campy "noir" plot, the real mystery is the NC-17 rating. Pretty amazing in a movie with virtually no nudity and it speaks volumes about what we are going to see-- and not see in the future.


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