Bad Education


Bad Education (2004)


Critic Consensus: A layered, wonderfully-acted, and passionate drama.


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Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, know love, the movies and fear in a religious school at the beginning of the 60's. Father Manolo, director of the school and its professor of literature, is witness to and part of these discoveries. The three are followed through the next few decades, their reunion marking life and death.

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Gael García Bernal
as Angel/Juan/Zahara
Fele Martínez
as Enrique Goded
Daniel Giménez Cacho
as Father Manolo
Lluis Homar
as Mr. Berenguer
Petra Martínez
as Ignacio's Mother
Francisco Maestre
as Father Jose
Nacho Pérez
as Young Ignacio
Ignacio Perez
as Young Ignacio
Raul Garcia Forneiro
as Young Enrique
Alberto Ferreiro
as Enrique Serrano
Roberto Hoyas
as Galicia's Barman
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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. Bad Education 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, Bad Education is for Almodovar fans, and that's about it.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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An amazing mystery/revenge story. I was totally blown away with the complex nature of the film. Almodovar's style really shines in this, due to the fact that he strayed from his usual upbeat tone and really went with something dark. Gael Garcia Bernal was great and made the movie all the more enjoyable, convincing me that his character was much less horrible than he should've been. I really appreciate the bold choices used, if only more filmmakers were this brave. The director's cut is definitely a step up in terms of what shocking content was meant to be seen, it made me fall in love with it even more.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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Murder, mayhem, transvestites and child molesting priests. I wonder where Pedro Almodóvar gets such wild ideas for his stories? Are they autobiographical? Are they plucked from Spanish tabloids? They seem to be coherent presentations of utter chaos. The man is twisted (but brilliant!).

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

So, Ssabee, I notice nothing in your comments that answers the most important question in the movie: beard or no beard? As Gael Garcia's number-one fan club president, I figured this would be the first thing you'd comment on : )

There is no doubt in my mind that Gael Garcia is a good-looking young man, but after seeing this Almodóvar outing -- no pun intended -- I can definitely affirm that Gael Garcia is also absolutely one of the most frighteningly beautiful young women Almodovar has delivered to the screen.

Hey, if you're young and have all the time in the world to wade through this narrative morass, more power to you. Me, I'm way too old to care that much about something this ugly. I don't know if Almodovar's treatment of homosexuals is worse than his treatment of transvestites in this project, but I really don't care. It's beyond grotesque.

Miss this one if you don't have all the time in the world left to watch movies.

Lanning : )
Lanning : )

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