Bad Education

2004, Drama/Crime, 1h 44m

147 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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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.

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  • 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.
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