Malos Hábitos (Bad Habits) Reviews

  • Dec 19, 2015

    Noir it is, but surprisingly impressive.

    Noir it is, but surprisingly impressive.

  • Mar 12, 2015

    Question: Why is Bad Habits one of those artroom movies you don't want to see? Answer: It is really bad. Or, to be less concise, the movie has all the mannerisms of an art movie, but lacks the content. With detailed shots of all kinds of delicacies, the film succeeds in making us hungry, and consecutively, the shallowness of its characters makes us equally hungry for a better script. The central fault of the film is that it all comes from above - the storylines are all cerebrally designed to focus on food. In an annoying meddle, the film combines an anorexic wife, a chubby daughter who hides sweets in kangaroo pouches, an adultering husband who loves to eat (various things) in bed, a nun who eats trash and another nun who revels in gluttony. Being defined by food, the characters are painfully two-dimensional, and the potential of the only interesting story (anorexia and family decay) is underdeveloped. Thus, when a riddle appears at one point (why the hell are drainage pipes leaking?), one instinctively knows that even this answer must be related to food. Indeed, it is. To list more of script's faults, the film's constant tempo is definitely a problem. Bad Habits feels considerably longer than its hour and a half, and the viewer drowns in unremitting rain and bluish palette of the scenes. I felt a twang of pity for the person who had to edit that material in postproduction. Among other faults, I also have to mention the confusing and superfluous storyline about nun martyrdom; the sudden sickness of husband's mistress (an overt device for solving the riddle); and the general failure to produce an emotional impact (apart from a gruesome IV scene). Still, acting and casting were well-handled and the anorexic mother made a very believable impression of having a mental disease. Cinematography should be praised as well, the film offers many interesting shots. However, the film ultimately fails as a whole. Not even the occassional spark of brilliance in the script (daughter's inventive use of medicine) can enliven the film enough to save it from its artificial script.

    Question: Why is Bad Habits one of those artroom movies you don't want to see? Answer: It is really bad. Or, to be less concise, the movie has all the mannerisms of an art movie, but lacks the content. With detailed shots of all kinds of delicacies, the film succeeds in making us hungry, and consecutively, the shallowness of its characters makes us equally hungry for a better script. The central fault of the film is that it all comes from above - the storylines are all cerebrally designed to focus on food. In an annoying meddle, the film combines an anorexic wife, a chubby daughter who hides sweets in kangaroo pouches, an adultering husband who loves to eat (various things) in bed, a nun who eats trash and another nun who revels in gluttony. Being defined by food, the characters are painfully two-dimensional, and the potential of the only interesting story (anorexia and family decay) is underdeveloped. Thus, when a riddle appears at one point (why the hell are drainage pipes leaking?), one instinctively knows that even this answer must be related to food. Indeed, it is. To list more of script's faults, the film's constant tempo is definitely a problem. Bad Habits feels considerably longer than its hour and a half, and the viewer drowns in unremitting rain and bluish palette of the scenes. I felt a twang of pity for the person who had to edit that material in postproduction. Among other faults, I also have to mention the confusing and superfluous storyline about nun martyrdom; the sudden sickness of husband's mistress (an overt device for solving the riddle); and the general failure to produce an emotional impact (apart from a gruesome IV scene). Still, acting and casting were well-handled and the anorexic mother made a very believable impression of having a mental disease. Cinematography should be praised as well, the film offers many interesting shots. However, the film ultimately fails as a whole. Not even the occassional spark of brilliance in the script (daughter's inventive use of medicine) can enliven the film enough to save it from its artificial script.

  • Panta O Super Reviewer
    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...

    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...

  • Apr 16, 2013

    this movie was scary, horrifying actually, because at times it resembled reality too much. People's unhealthy relationships with food are one of the scariest, and so hurtful when imposed on children.

    this movie was scary, horrifying actually, because at times it resembled reality too much. People's unhealthy relationships with food are one of the scariest, and so hurtful when imposed on children.

  • Apr 11, 2013

    Una película como ninguna otra, siendo que mezcla una temática social con problemas psicológicos relacionados con la comida. Sin duda una trama muy original que a medida que va avanzando se vuelve cada vez más y más interesante, sin duda una joya del cine mexicano y latinoamericano en general.

    Una película como ninguna otra, siendo que mezcla una temática social con problemas psicológicos relacionados con la comida. Sin duda una trama muy original que a medida que va avanzando se vuelve cada vez más y más interesante, sin duda una joya del cine mexicano y latinoamericano en general.

  • Apr 10, 2012

    Very strong and very dramatic. It doesn't have all the special effects and amazing action scenes and all that nonsense, what it has is plenty of the human conditon- the need to be liked, accepted, loved, faithful, devoted, pure; all types of human emotion rolled into one. Excellent film.

    Very strong and very dramatic. It doesn't have all the special effects and amazing action scenes and all that nonsense, what it has is plenty of the human conditon- the need to be liked, accepted, loved, faithful, devoted, pure; all types of human emotion rolled into one. Excellent film.

  • Feb 21, 2012

    A good mexican movie!

    A good mexican movie!

  • Apr 17, 2011

    Inicia bien. Tiene un buen ancla, sin embago tiende a caer en emoción varias veces, Me agradan ls sorpresas del final y ese onirismo que gira alrededor de la madre Matilde, para lo que las demás actuaciones fueron bien ejecutadas con toda la turbiedad que implica el desorden alimenticio y el desquisiamiento de los personajes. Una producción muy delicada desde mi punto de vista, bastante bien cuidada la paleta de colores en tonos bastante azules, seguramente refirià (C)ndose al agua que es un elemento constante en toda la cinta. Pero más allá de todos los elementos pictóricos, actorales, sonoros y demás creo que lo que ayuda a esta historia es, sin duda, el último giro que tiene que le imprime veracidad al eleento sorpresa como recurso bien utilizado.

    Inicia bien. Tiene un buen ancla, sin embago tiende a caer en emoción varias veces, Me agradan ls sorpresas del final y ese onirismo que gira alrededor de la madre Matilde, para lo que las demás actuaciones fueron bien ejecutadas con toda la turbiedad que implica el desorden alimenticio y el desquisiamiento de los personajes. Una producción muy delicada desde mi punto de vista, bastante bien cuidada la paleta de colores en tonos bastante azules, seguramente refirià (C)ndose al agua que es un elemento constante en toda la cinta. Pero más allá de todos los elementos pictóricos, actorales, sonoros y demás creo que lo que ayuda a esta historia es, sin duda, el último giro que tiene que le imprime veracidad al eleento sorpresa como recurso bien utilizado.

  • Jan 13, 2011

    Me parece que el boom de los desórdenes alimentarios han pasado y no debería. Esta película retrata la bulimia, anorexia y vigorexia, así como las repercusiones en las relaciones. Son pocas las películas mexicanas que logran un buen audio y esta no lo tiene, pero lo compensa con una fotografía con un nivel tà (C)cnico destacado.

    Me parece que el boom de los desórdenes alimentarios han pasado y no debería. Esta película retrata la bulimia, anorexia y vigorexia, así como las repercusiones en las relaciones. Son pocas las películas mexicanas que logran un buen audio y esta no lo tiene, pero lo compensa con una fotografía con un nivel tà (C)cnico destacado.

  • Apr 12, 2010

    This is NOT a horror film like someone reviewer posted below. Far from it. It is an interesting examination of food in the context of a Mexican town and various women and Mexican families. It basically looks at our love/hate relationship with food, faith, fat, diet, and body image. It is an interesting examination if not a very dark one overall. Something that Westerners need to hear and see what we have exported to other countries. Thin is beautiful. etc. However, the way food also plays into the 7 deadly sins, glutton, faith, and fasting. In this case going a bit too far. Also the symbolism and context of rain plays a big part which is interesting.

    This is NOT a horror film like someone reviewer posted below. Far from it. It is an interesting examination of food in the context of a Mexican town and various women and Mexican families. It basically looks at our love/hate relationship with food, faith, fat, diet, and body image. It is an interesting examination if not a very dark one overall. Something that Westerners need to hear and see what we have exported to other countries. Thin is beautiful. etc. However, the way food also plays into the 7 deadly sins, glutton, faith, and fasting. In this case going a bit too far. Also the symbolism and context of rain plays a big part which is interesting.