Malos Hábitos (Bad Habits)

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The first feature film from director Simon Bross, the drama Bad Habits shows how a person's approach to food greatly affects one's life. Jimena Ayala plays a nun named Matilde who believes that eating next to nothing will help God stop the suffering of others. She trains pudgy, young Linda (Elisa Vicedo) for her first communion. Linda's mother is an emaciated exercise addict who frets over her daughter's shape. Linda's father, Gustavo, is a libertine who enjoys food as well as a healthy sex life with a mistress. Gustavo, an architect, must figure out why the pipes of a local school are leaking under the strain of a seemingly ceaseless rainstorm. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Malos Hábitos (Bad Habits)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

  • Thinking man's horror story should have a tasty future.

    May 23, 2007

    Lisa Nesselson

    Top Critic
  • Taboo topics in a society where "appearance is what counts" is what [director Simón] Bross is all about in a concise, difficult testimony that leaves little to the imagination. [Full review in Spanish]

    Mar 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • In Bad Habits (Malos Habitos), a reporter on TV says, "Mexico is drowning." It rains relentlessly throughout the film, creating a mood of gloom and helplessness. The characters are also drowning, emotionally and psychologically, in this vivi

    Feb 2, 2009 | Rating: 3.0/5 | Full Review…
  • Another great Mexican director, with a personal vision, emerges.

    Jun 9, 2007

Audience Reviews for Malos Hábitos (Bad Habits)

  • Mar 12, 2015
    Not many movies can have food as their main subject, and bad habits is all about food! Yes, there is rains too... that aren't enough to wash away the sins of overeating and under-eating... Well executed movie, precise, well-cast debut from director Simon Bross. A lot of irony with well balanced humour mixed with different attitudes toward indulgence and deprivation. Watch it...
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2008
    This film was terrifying for me to watch, since it showed the exact relationship between my mother and sister. While the film has a good conscience, it drags down a little due to a feeling of repetitiveness.
    Quinto W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2007
    The story of a family with diverse eating disorders. Their faith, love and vanity are all put to the test at the dining room table. Matilde is a nun convinced that faith moves mountains. Secretly she begins a mystic fasting to end what she considers to be the second great flood. Elena is a thin and fashion-conscious woman ashamed of her daughter's chubbiness. She's willing to do the impossible to make her daughter Linda thin so Linda will look like a little princess on the day she receives her first communion. At the same time Elena's husband Gustavo - a professor of architecture - cannot cope any more with his wife's bones sticking into him in more intimate moments. He discovers love thanks to a cuddly female student fascinated with good food. The film is a cruel, yet realistic view over everything that surrounds food in the modern society. Through Linda and Elena, we see the false perspective for losing weight, as well with the obsession of society for being thin, since that's the ideal. Not for nothing Elena says to her friend "La prefiero muerta que gorda", (I prefer her dead than fat). It's an excellent film, over everything. Dark, creepy, and yet so true.
    Liolia K Super Reviewer

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