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Bad Education

(La mala educación)


Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Javier Cámara,

Gael García Bernal stars in Almodóvar’s intricate hybrid of film noir, melodrama, autobiography, and Catholic Church exposé, “which continues Almodóvar’s excavation of the deepest emotions that dwell within established film genres” (New York Times). Merging separate timelines and stories along with sexual identities, Bad Education tracks back from a Madrid scriptwriter’s reunion with a former classmate to their Catholic school days, when they first discovered cinema, desire, and—in the form of their priest/teacher—fear. “In accounting for Almodóvar’s identity as an artist and man, Bad Education comes together like a bold and far-reaching summation of his career to date” (A.V. Club).

Jason Sanders
  • Pedro Almodóvar
  • José Luis Alcaine
  • Spanish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 106 mins
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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Bad education (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 2006

A noir departure (article), Los Angeles Times, Anne-Marie O'Connor, 2004

A noir look at religion (review), Variety, Jonathan Holland, 2004

Bad education (program note), New York Film Festival, 2004

A film schooling (review), Los Angeles Times, Carina Chocano, 2004

Unholy orders (review), L.A. Weekly, Scott Foundas, 2004

Dangerous lives of altar boys (review), Village Voice, Michael Atkinson, 2004

Bad education (distributor materials), Deseo S.A., Pedro Almodóvar

Bad education (distributor materials), New Yorker Films

Bad education (distributor materials), New Yorker Films

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