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Bad Education

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Gael García Bernal, Bad Education

Bad Education

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
109 minutes
Limited Release Date:
11/19/04
performer:
Fele Martínez, Gael García Bernal
director:
Pedro Almodovar
distributor:
Sony Pictures Classics
author:
Pedro Almodovar
genre:
Foreign Language

We gave it a B+

Pedro Almodóvar’s multilayered potboiler Bad Education bubbles with anti-Catholicism, cross-dressing, and sex. (The R version blurs brief naughty bits with pixellation; the film also comes uncensored.) Enrique (Fele Martínez), a filmmaker seeking a project, receives a surprise visit from Ignacio (Gael García Bernal), his first, adolescent love. Now an actor who calls himself Angel, Ignacio wants work, but he also asks Enrique to read a story he has written based partly on their school experiences, which include sexual abuse by a priest. Almodóvar deftly interweaves reality with the screenplay that Enrique envisions — until a third version of events provides a deadly twist.

EXTRAS Almodóvar introduces the film to the AFI in a featurette; and in his running commentary, he discusses his decision to use alternate screen widths to distinguish film and reality (though it barely registers on a standard TV) and says people have likened Bernal in drag to ”a Mexican Julia Roberts.”