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Entre tinieblas (Dark Habits) (Dark Hideout)

Entre tinieblas (Dark Habits) (Dark Hideout) (1984)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1983 Wide



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In this Pedro Almodóvar film, a singer at a low-end nightclub hides out at a convent after her lover dies of a bad dose of drugs, and she meets a group of off-the-wall nuns while in hiding. The nuns range from one who writes sensationalist pulp fiction under a pseudonym to another who takes drugs, and another hooked on masochism. But their private lives and perverse foibles may be in jeopardy when a new mother superior arrives to take charge of the convent. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Sep 9, 2003

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It's all kitsch and no substance.

March 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Dark Habits is a film in love with films and pop culture in general.

July 24, 2012 Full Review Source:

Mildly engaging, Dark Habits, Almodovar's third features about nuns on the run, is not as satirical or entertaining as his previous or later films.

June 6, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Possibly the first work to hint at the tender sadness of [Almodóvar's]later phase

December 8, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Almodóvar on crazy nuns should be as madcap as Peter Jackson was on zombies ( ... ) But the result is a rather low-key affair.

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters

It's hard to imagine how it could be any more Almodovar-esque than it is.

May 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Plenty of premise but little payoff.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

far drearier and lifeless than Almodóvar's best films

November 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Audience Reviews for Entre tinieblas (Dark Habits) (Dark Hideout)

For me, Dark Habits is Pedro Almodóvar's first great film and still stands as one of his best. It's wickedly funny from the outset and just gets funnier and funnier, I think even the staunchest catholics would find it hard not to smirk at at least one joke. Almodóvar is Spanish though, and being brought up in Calzada de Calatrava his upbringing was about as Catholic as it gets, so he very knowingly parades the lives of Nuns but he also does so with just enough affection so as not to be too offended by it. The film is never nasty in any way, not do i think is it anti-catholic/anti-religious/blasphemous etc. Dark Habits is also noted as being his first commercially produced film. He has distanced himself from the film lately stating that he felt it isn't the film it should have been due to these commercial obligations. Makes you wonder what the original was like then when producers in a deeply Catholic country allow Nuns to be shown indulging in drug taking and masochism but yeah, Viva Espania!
October 24, 2011

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"Sister Manure, Sister Rat, Sister Damned, Sister Snake. Man will not be saved until he realizes he is the most despicable being ever created."

A most unconventional convent, populated with drug addicts, murderers, extortionists and lesbians. Almost makes me wish I was Catholic.
February 24, 2010
Randy Tippy

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Not my favorite Almodóvar to date, but the dark humor, when it's working, is very good. I asked you all a few weeks ago if you could think of a movie where the Catholic Church comes out smelling like a rose. I'm still thinking about that.
November 5, 2009

Super Reviewer

A strange B-movie, that's also a satire of religious life.

Amazing cinematography, a nice cast and few glimpses of a mature Pedro Almodóvar ultimately lose out to its god-awful dubbing, which made me take out the DVD.
January 8, 2009

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