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When an old friend brings filmmaker Enrique Goded (Fele Martínez) a semi-autobiographical script chronicling their adolescence, Enrique is forced to relive his youth spent at a Catholic boarding school. Weaving through past and present, the script follows a transvestite performer (Gael García Bernal) who reconnects with a grade school sweetheart. Spurred on by this chance encounter, the character reflects on her childhood sexual victimization and the trauma of closeting her sexual orientation.

Cast & Crew

Fele Martínez
Enrique Goded
Gael García Bernal
Ángel , Juan , Zahara
Daniel Giménez Cacho
Padre Manolo
Lluís Homar
Sr. Manuel Berenguer
Javier Cámara
Paca , Paquito
Petra Martínez
Madre
Alberto Ferreiro
Enrique Serrano
Esther García
Executive Producer
Alberto Iglesias
Original Music
Jose Luis Alcaine
Cinematographer
José Salcedo
Film Editor
Antxón Gómez
Art Direction
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Critic Reviews for Bad Education

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (128) | Rotten (18)

  • The problem with the film is its very staginess -- it never really seems to get out of drag. Between the impersonations of the priesthood, the impersonations of the transvestites and the impersonations of the actors themselves, there is little to choose.

    January 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • If Americans are allowed to see this film they may well conclude that the mature Almodvar is now ready to take his place alongside the great Buuel.

    June 18, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Like a Chinese box, it has layers under layers, fictions within fictions. A mystery and an intricate triangular love story, it's also a tale about storytelling itself, the uses of art and artifice to make the unbearable bearable.

    November 1, 2007 | Full Review…
  • In accounting for Almodvar's identity as an artist and a man, Bad Education comes together like a bold and far-reaching summation of his career to date.

    September 26, 2005
  • It still exerts an uncanny power: Like the best of Almodvar's work, it throws you a first-love sucker punch that will stagger your heart, mind, and soul.

    February 27, 2005 | Full Review…
  • Simple melodrama, a not-that-puzzling puzzle of a film noir.

    February 11, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Bad Education

  • Apr 27, 2012
    I havn't watched many Almodovar films but besides â~Talk to Herâ(TM) I always feel his aesthetic style takes centre stage from any of the emotion of his stories and I felt that this was the case in Bad Education. Still, I will watch more Almodovar hoping to find something that will match Talk to Her
    Hassan V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2011
    A drag queen convinces a film director to shoot a film about his childhood molestation by a priest. As I'm exploring Almodovar's oeuvre, I'm seeing similar subjects. There is almost always an element of abnormal sexuality, and the several scenes of homosexual sex check that box. Drag queens? Also check. But these are surface elements. The reason I think I'm not diving into Almodovar is that many of his films try to do so much at once. <i>Bad Education</i> is a love story, a noir, a political statement against the clergy's sexual misconduct, and a melodrama, and I think all the "styles" and subject matters collide. What results is such a hodgepodge that I think people are able to attach themselves to elements of the film while ignoring the whole. Overall, <i>Bad Education</I> is for Almodovar fans, and that's about it.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2011
    A movie you have to watch if you like serious drama, it's so complicated than it seemed. The combination of different philosophical elements was blended really well
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2011
    "La mala education" or bad education as we know it better, is the first almodovar film not centered over women. But since he can't get too far from them, he based this movie on dragqueens and gays :) Well this introduction may be quite harsh, because this is a very good movie, and like every almodovar film, it brilliantly succeeds on every aspect. The European genius is always on top of the viewer regarding the mysteries conceded deep within his plots, making all his films highly unpredictable, a characteristic essential for every critic and moviegoer, and for me, the essence of every deep picture. This is the nearest of Pedro almodovar doing an autobiographical portrait of himself, although the film was never commercialized that way. Gael Garcia bernal is not one of the actors I admire, but he succeeded in delivering a good performance in the three roles he's been handed. Not a film for all tastes, but if you're In deep European films, you might not wanna miss this.
    Raja N Super Reviewer

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