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Bad Education (2004)

“La mala educación”

Crime, Drama |

Bad Education is a Spanish drama film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Starring Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez, Daniel Giménez Cacho and Lluís Homar, the film focuses on two reunited childhood friends and lovers caught up in a stylised murder mystery. Along with metafiction, sexual abuse by Catholic priests, transsexuality and drug use are also important themes and devices in the plot, which led the MPAA to give the film an NC-17 rating.

The film was released on 19 March 2004 in Spain and 10 September 2004 in Mexico. It was also screened at many international film festivals such as Cannes, New York, Moscow and Toronto before its US release on November 19, 2004. The film received critical acclaim, and was seen as a return to Almodovar’s dark stage, placing it alongside films such as Matador (1986) and Law of Desire (1987).

In 1980 Madrid, young film director Enrique Goded is looking for his next project when he receives the unexpected visit of an actor looking for work. The actor claims to be Enrique’s boarding school friend and first love, Ignacio Rodriguez. Ignacio, who is now using the name Ángel Andrade, has brought with him a short story titled “The Visit” hoping that Enrique would be interested in making a film out of it giving him the starring role. Enrique is intrigued since “The Visit” describes their time together at the Catholic boarding school and it also includes a fictionalized account of their reunion many years later as adults.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Writer: Pedro Almodóvar

Stars: Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lluís Homar, Francisco Boira

Cast:

Gael García BernalÁngel / Juan / Zahara
Fele MartínezEnrique Goded
Daniel Giménez CachoPadre Manolo
Lluís HomarSr. Berenguer
Francisco MaestrePadre José
Francisco BoiraIgnacio
Juan FernándezMartín
Nacho PérezIgnacio (as Ignacio Pérez)
Raúl García ForneiroEnrique (as Raúl Gª Forneiro)
Javier CámaraPaquito
Alberto FerreiroEnrique Serrano
Petra MartínezMadre
Sandra
Roberto HoyasCamarero
Agustín AlmodóvarLimpiador Piscina (uncredited)
Pedro AlmodóvarLimpiador Piscina (uncredited)
Robert ForcadellMan in public (uncredited)
Luis Lobos NegrosMotero ochentero (uncredited)
Pol MonenNiño (uncredited)
Sara MontielSoledad (archive footage) (uncredited)
Pau PochNiño (uncredited)
Leonor WatlingMónica (uncredited)
José María YazpikExtra (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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