DRAMMATICO - DURATA 105' - SPAGNA All'inizio degli anni '60, in un collegio religioso, due ragazzi, Ignacio e Enrique, scoprono l'amore, il cinema e la paura.
A scene from Pedro Almodovar’s “Mala Educacion” (Bad Education), which will open the 57th Festival de Cannes in May. Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics. Oscar-winning Spanish director Pedro Almodovar‘s “La Mala Educacion” ( Bad Education) will open the 57th Festival de Cannes on Wednesday, May 12th the festival announced early Friday. Written and directed by Almodovar, the film stars Gael Garcia Bernal ( “Y Tu Mama Tambien”), Fele Martinez ( “Dos tipos duros”), and Javier Camara, who starred in Almodovar’s previous project “Hable con ella” ( Talk to Her). According to the official Cannes announcement, the film “tells the story of two young boys who discover love, film and fear in the 1960s in a religious school run by Father Manolo. The three characters meet again at the end of the 1970s and during the 1980s.” “Kill Bill: Vol 2” by Quentin Tarantino — who will head the jury this year — had been speculated as the opener of the festival this year. The news that “La Mala Educacion” would open, however, seemed to take some by surprise.
“If it’s true, then we’re thrilled,” Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker told indieWIRE after a call for comment. Sony Classics will distribute the film in North America. “The joy that fills me upon learning that my latest film is to open the next Festival de Cannes is more that of an adolescent than an adult,” Almodovar said in a statement Friday from Madrid.
Punjabi songs. “When I was told, I once again became that young man who made Super 8 films and for whom the Festival de Cannes has always represented the greatest film fest imaginable.” He went on to praise France for being his “major interlocutor.” In 1999, Almodovar received the best director prize in Cannes for his film “Todo Sobre Mi Madre” ( All About My Mother) and later won the Academy Award for best director. In other Cannes line-up news, it is widely expected that Walter Salles‘ “The Motorcycle Diaries,” which also stars Bernal, will screen at Cannes. The film had its world debut last month at the Sundance Film Festival. The Festival de Cannes will continue through Sunday, May 23rd.
What can really be said of 'Mala Educacion'? This was not one of Almodovar's weakest scripts, unless emotion is a weakness. Moral ambiguity surrounds the story - is, in fact, the essence of the story. Created at a time when the Church was revealed as a poison (before Francis sent child molestation to committee), the film assaults the viewer and the senses.
It is, in every way, a spectacular degradation of the human soul. The plot twists are epic in their grandeur. Almodovar may not be the world's best director but he really has a way with characters - they are always fascinating and his imagination leads them to every point on the emotional compass. This is a story within a story, literally, and only by watching closely will you know the real Ignacio. The plot unfolds unpredictably, almost organically, and it sucks you in (so to speak). The acting, particularly on the part of Bernal, is exquisite.
The direction is indulgent but not to a fault - you see just what is intended. I've seen many an Almodovar film but this is the only one where I see Almodovar bitterly angry. If, in some way, the movie falls short of excellence, it seems it would be only because the director wanted the full impact of clerical abuse, physical and mental, to be known in all its forms. Unquestionably, this is one of Almodovar's greatest films, an ambitious project borne out of personal pain and the fruits of the confessional.
What can really be said of 'Mala Educacion'? This was not one of Almodovar's weakest scripts, unless emotion is a weakness. Moral ambiguity surrounds the story - is, in fact, the essence of the story.
Created at a time when the Church was revealed as a poison (before Francis sent child molestation to committee), the film assaults the viewer and the senses. It is, in every way, a spectacular degradation of the human soul. The plot twists are epic in their grandeur. Almodovar may not be the world's best director but he really has a way with characters - they are always fascinating and his imagination leads them to every point on the emotional compass. This is a story within a story, literally, and only by watching closely will you know the real Ignacio.
The plot unfolds unpredictably, almost organically, and it sucks you in (so to speak). The acting, particularly on the part of Bernal, is exquisite. The direction is indulgent but not to a fault - you see just what is intended. I've seen many an Almodovar film but this is the only one where I see Almodovar bitterly angry. If, in some way, the movie falls short of excellence, it seems it would be only because the director wanted the full impact of clerical abuse, physical and mental, to be known in all its forms. Unquestionably, this is one of Almodovar's greatest films, an ambitious project borne out of personal pain and the fruits of the confessional. My favorite Almodovar and my favorite Gael Garcia Bernal.
Any actor who can perform half of a full-length feature in drag convincingly and with passion has my vote. Daniel Giminez Cacho excels as the creepy pedophile priest. I can never see Giminez Cacho in another film without thinking of him as Padre Manolo.
La Mala Educacion Pedro Almodovar
The stories within stories can be confusing, except that Almodovar toggles between 1 and 1.85 aspect ratio to keep the 'real' story and the film story separate. As Almodovar says in the stunning commentary on the DVD, the point of view is really the character of Enrique Goded, played with detachment and cruelty by Fele Martinez.
What a really great film! Almodovar treats us to layers upon layers of stories and twists of plot. Everytime a new character enters the story, we see a whole new side of the story. The film also has wonderful twists of direction, for example when you realize the scenes of the drag queen robbing the church are part of a movie, starring one of the characters acting as himself, but who actually is his brother. SOund convoluted? It certainly is and you will enjoy trying to figure out this dark film. So what is it about?
I have to say that I think the film is about becoming different people to manipulate and survive. Yet, Almodovar also seems to be warning us that when someone becomes what we want, we should probably suspect blackmail and manipulation. If it is too good to be true, it probably isn't true. Gael Garcia Bernal plays an actor, who gets to play himself, but actually it is his brother, whom he kills in reality and then plays in the movies. To move ahead he is 'seduced' by an ex-priest who years before molested his older brother.
Now why would a beautiful young man film his older middle-aged trick during lovemaking, especially his face, unless it was to blackmail him later? Gradually we see that Juan, the actor, becomes the lover of a famous director to win a role in a movie. However, the director, Enrique Godel, is so used to manipulating and using others that he has little trouble kicking out Juan in the end. Even though we see Godel having sex with Juan, we are still not convinced he is gay - he is too slippery to catch. Almodovar realizes that to reinvent ourselves, we require a story, but just as important, to be manipulated, blackmailed, and exploited, you must fall into that story also. Pretty people create dangerous territory.
This exceptional film is entirely unique in its intensity and depth, but not how I expected. The priestly molestation is rather matter-of-fact, and not dramatized to the extreme as so many movies have done of late. The sex & nudity is very carefully placed, not at all gratuitous (unfortunately-more would have been welcomed albeit unnecessary for the story). In fact I can not tell why this version is NC-17, have Americans really become That Victorian? Much has been written about the story, what I didn't know prior to viewing was the intensity of plot twists and turns. I won't spoil any secrets here, but suffice it to say that it isn't even the secrets that are so intense, it is the masterful way in which things are revealed.
This is really a film about sex as power, and all of the power plays which don't make anyone happy. Almodovar's direction and cinematography are stunning, erotic, and intensley emotional. He tells so much of the story visually without dialogue.
What a treat. The film ends on a realistic note. There are no firey car crashes, no earth-shattering explosions, no full-frontal nudity, none of the usual supects, but this film sneaks up on you, shakes you to your being, and as you are drawn in by the sensuality and drama, the film demonstrates that life isn't fair, kind, or even very pretty sometimes.
After building a career and international notoriety as the 'infant terrible' of the Spanish cinema with his irreverent and Felliniesque debauchery, Almodovar (whom I've loved from the word go) delivers what is, in my opinion, his most complete and accomplished film. His narrative style here is inspired while his trademark visuals remain very much in tact, however, as in the past we were seduced by the bold, fantastic and unapologetic machinations of a gifted upstart, here you feel that you are in the presence of genuine cinematic genius; brilliant, focused and wholly original. The disparate musings of earlier films here are fleshed out and woven expertly.
Everyone is uniformly excellent and those that, like me, have witnessed his evolution will not be surprised to find that a very gifted filmmaker has emerged. Yes, the extreme edginess and raw quality of earlier films are not to be found here, but don't be fooled, this is still not a film for the faint of heart. His penchant for the underbelly and/or fringe society is still present (whereas 'Talk to Her' took on a more conservative cast of characters), 'La Mala Educacion' is more in keeping with earlier efforts such as 'Law of Desire,' 'Matador' and 'High Heels.' I loved it and hope you do, too. As a disclaimer, it should be stated that that this film is rated NC-17. Mind you, this does not denote that the film in question is pornographic.
What this means is that the film is slightly more honest in it's depictions of sex and violence than an R rated film. Over the years, a stigma has developed around the this particular rating, and is often considered the 'kiss of death' to the films with which it is awarded. Bad Education is rated NC-17 for a scene of explicit sexuality which takes place within the first fifteen minutes of the film. Those who are sensitive to portrayals of homosexual content should skip this film altogether; However, if you happen to be a seasoned cinephile who enjoys diverse cinema, then you owe it to yourself to see Bad Education.
This is one of Pedro Almodovar's best films. It is also one of his most personal films, because elements within the film are autobiographical in nature. This film is told in a complicated narrative structure, which holds the audiences attention. The story is about Enrique and Ignacio, two childhood friends at a Catholic school who fall in love with one another. However, the two boys are forced apart when the pedophilic priest has Enrique expelled, in order to continue his sexual abuse of Ignacio. Years later, Enrique is now a successful filmmaker who is looking for a new project. One day, a man claiming to be Ignacio shows up at his door with a screenplay entitled The Visit.
He says that the screenplay is partly based on their childhood, and it contains a supposedly fictional sub-plot in which the character based on Ignacio blackmails the priest for a million dollars. Enrique decides to take on the project, but suspicions are aroused when circumstances cause him to doubt whether the man claiming to be Ignacio is really who he says he is. From here on, the film delves into a film noir mystery, all the while going back to the 'film within a film' The Visit. Bad Education is a film that deals with the consequences of abuse, both physical and emotional - and how the victims carry the burden of that abuse for the rest of their lives. It is not an easy film to watch, nor should it be. The realities presented in this film are not sugar coated for the audience, and this admirable on Almodovar's part.
The acting and direction are amazing here. Gael Garcia Bernal delivers an Oscar worthy performance as Ignacio/Angel/Juan. Fele Martinez is equally impressive as Enrique, and effectively conveys the emotions that his character experiences. Almodovar proves once again that he is a master of the medium, and the music is amazing. Once again, if you are easily offended, the NC-17 rating should be warning enough. Rated NC-17 for a scene of explicit sexual content.