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Mr. Almodovar, who wrote as well as directed, does not quite bring the events together, but his wry attitude toward conventional morality is not lost, and the acting is sufficiently controlled to keep the characters from running away into farce.
It's all kitsch and no substance.
Dark Habits is a film in love with films and pop culture in general.
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.
Possibly the first work to hint at the tender sadness of [Almodóvar's]later phase
Almodóvar on crazy nuns should be as madcap as Peter Jackson was on zombies ( ... ) But the result is a rather low-key affair.
It's hard to imagine how it could be any more Almodovar-esque than it is.
Plenty of premise but little payoff.
far drearier and lifeless than Almodóvar's best films
Unlike the florid soap operas Pedro Almodovar has been scripting in recent years, "Dark Habits" has a simple plot. Struggling lounge singer Yolanda (Cristina Sanchez Pascual) accidentally kills her lover with strychnine-laced heroin, and decides to hide from the police in a convent ("The Community of Humble Redeemers"). The story's forward motion mostly ends there, as the film becomes a perverse look at Yolanda's interaction with the nuns. See, these are not typical nuns. Their home has recently lost its prime benefactor, and they're struggling to pay the bills. This is especially difficult, given all the money they're spending on heroin, acid and cocaine. Not to mention raw meat for the pet tiger who lives on the grounds. But maybe the blackmail threat will pay off, or maybe the nun who writes popular pulp novels under a pen name can contribute some funds. It's just too bad their adopted names are so alienating. Would you trust your soul to Sister Damned, Sister Snake, Sister Manure and Sister Rat of the Sewers?
In the end, "Dark Habits" comes off a bit juvenile, as if Almodovar is just delighting in being naughty. This impression becomes hard to shake from the moment we see a nun vomit. Luckily, Almodovar's explorations of the profane became more subtle with passing years.
Note: I was disappointed to learn that the DVD version (what I saw) is about 18 minutes shorter than the earlier theatrical/VHS cut. I'd still like to track down the original version.
"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.
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.
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.
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