Bad Education (DVD)

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First screened at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, Pedro Almodóvar's powerful and passionate semi-autobiographical melodrama follows the intertwining stories of two boys, Enrique (Fele Martínez) and Ignacio (Gael García Bernal), who fall in love at an abusive Catholic school and are parted by a jealous paedophile priest. Sixteen years later, Enrique, now a successful filmmaker, is casting about for an idea for a new film when a young cross-dressing actor, claiming to be Ignacio but known as 'Angel', approaches him with a short story based on their schooldays together. Enrique decides to use the story, and casts Angel in the film's lead role, despite his discovery that Angel is not in fact Ignacio, who died three years earlier shortly after completing the story, but his younger brother. Enrique's film also includes scenes in which the grown-up Ignacio tracks down the Catholic priest who abused them as boys, and these scenes soon become mirrored by real-life events. Almodóvar moves away from his trademark quirky comedy with this dark and brooding drama, using a complex 'film-within-a-film' structure to create a noir-like sense of mystery and blurred identity, and to explore the relationship between fantasy and reality.

Product Details

Barcode
5060002833179
Department
Movies & TV
Released
27 Dec 2004
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
World Cinema
Sub-genre
Drama
Region
Region 2
Language
Spanish
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Enhanced WS tv
  • Bonus Footage
  • Trailers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Other Documentary: Television spots. Costume design featurette
Runtime
104 min
Age Restriction
15
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Bad Education
Release Year
2004
Running Time
109 min
Language
Spanish
Alternate Title
Mala Educacion
Categories
Foreign Films / Spanish / Drug Addiction / Gays / Homosexuality / Love / Rape / Spain / Theatrical Release
US Box Office
$4.9 million
Official Website
http://www.lamalaeducacion.com/
Ratings
IMDb
7.4
Rotten Tomatoes®
88% 86%
Metacritic
81
Synopsis
In this powerful semi-autobiographical film, acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar (ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, TALK TO HER) tracks the formative experiences of his coming of age in a Catholic boys school. While the film benefits from Almodovar's limitless range of color, beauty, and moving expression, the themes presented are dark and difficult. Pedophilia, lost love, mistaken identity, manipulation, drug addiction, and desperation prevail, giving this otherwise sexy and vibrant film a chilling subtext.

Gael Garcia Bernal gives a jaw-dropping performance, playing two of the main characters. First, he plays a screenwriter named Ignacio, who reunites with his childhood friend, Enrique (Fele Martinez), a filmmaker, to sell him a script called "The Visit." He also plays the star of "The Visit"--a gorgeous cross-dresser and drug addict named Zahara. Enrique instantly realizes that the script is the story of their childhood, where they met and fell in love, only to be torn apart by a jealous pedophilic priest, Father Manolo (Daniel Gimenez-Cacho). However, Ignacio looks nothing like the boy that Enrique remembers as his best friend and first love. As the mystery of their past begins to unfold, layers of lies and deception are peeled away to reveal a delicate core of innocence lost. Almodovar's message is not one of hopelessness--it is rather a recognition of the inevitable hardening of the soul that is fundamental to survival in a less-than-perfect world.
Notes
THEATRICAL RELEASE: NOVEMBER 19, 2004 (LIMITED)
Poster
Poster for Bad Education
Cast & Crew
Director
Pedro Almodovar
Star
Gael Garcia Bernal / Francisco Boira / Javier Camara / Juan Fernández / Alberto Ferreiro / Daniel Gimenez-Cacho / Lluis Homar / Roberto Hoyas / Francisco Maestre / Fele Martinez / Petra Martinez / Ignacio Perez
Screenwriter
Pedro Almodovar
Composer
Alberto Iglesias
Executive Producer
Esther Garcia
Producer
Agustin Almodovar
Director of Photography
Jose Luis Alcaine
Movie Critics
Chicago Sun-Times
"Almodovar wants to intrigue and entertain us, and he certainly does, proving along the way that Gael Garcia Bernal has the same kind of screen presence that Antonio Banderas brought to Almodovar's earlier movies."
Roger Ebert (22 Dec 2004, p.22)
Entertainment Weekly
"It's a film noir that grows more potent as its secrets are revealed."
Owen Glieberman (26 Nov 2004, p.88-90)
Los Angeles Times
"Almodovar is at his most breathtakingly complex and mature..."
Carina Chocano (10 Dec 2004, p.E6)
New York Times
"[A] voluptuous experience that invites you to gorge on its beauty and vitality."
Stephen Holden (19 Nov 2004, p.E17)
Premiere
"[The] director is unsparing in depicting all the corruption that the passionate are prone to. It's tough stuff, and it's another great achievement by a filmmaker on a roll."
Glenn Kenny (1 Dec 2004, p.27)
Rolling Stone
"Garcia Bernal, in and out of drag, gives a juicy, jolting performance....He is the corrupt soul of a mesmeric movie that offers temptations impossible to resist."
Peter Travers (9 Dec 2004, p.190)
USA Today
"Garcia Bernal exhibits a willingness to be daring. He also is a prodigious talent..."
Claudia Puig (19 Nov 2004, p.7E)