Bad Education (La Mala Educacion)

Bad EducationBBBB.5

(out of 5)

When Ignacio () shows up at the production office of filmmaker and old friend Enrique (), he brings with him a script based on their childhood together in a strict Catholic school, complete with sexually abusive priest and their own love affair.  He also opens a floodgate of memories that send Enrique into confusion over his judgment until he investigates the matter a little further and discovers that everyone has their own take on the past.  This one’s plot, set in just-post-Franco 1980 Spain, is uncovered bit by bit through character revelation, and benefits greatly from director Pedro Almodovar’s sense of visual flair and emotional complexity.  It also features Bernal at his absolute best and most challenging film role to date (he displays an impressive Spanish accent and is more than fetching in both drag and 1980s-era Adidas shorts). It’s interesting to notice that although Almodovar wrote the original draft of the screenplay (which is a very personal, slightly autobiographical one) way back before he made his first feature Pepi, Luci, Bom…, this one shows considerable development of his artistry: it combines his earlier, naughtier films like Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! with the densely felt pathos of later work like High Heels and Talk To Her.  Alberto Iglesias contributes a marvelous score that would have made Bernard Herrmann extremely proud, and Talk To Her cast members  and Leonor Watling have cameos.

Spain, 2004

Directed by

Screenplay by Pedro Almodovar

Cinematography by

Produced by , Pedro Almodovar

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2004

Cast Tags:  , , , ,, , , , ,, , , ,

New York Film Critics Award
Best Foreign Language Film

National Board Of Review Award
Top Five Foreign Films

Independent Spirit Award Nomination
Best Foreign Film

British Academy Award Nomination
Best Film not in the English Language

European Film Award Nominations
Best European Film
Best European Director (Pedro Almodovar)
Best European Cinematographer
Best European Composer
Best European Screenwriter
Audience Award-Best European Actor (Fele Martinez)
Audience Award-Best European Director (Pedro Almodovar)

Cesar Award Nomination
Best European Union Film

Goya Award Nominations
Best Film
Best Director (Pedro Almodovar)
Best Production Design
Best Production Manager



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