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Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, know love, the movies and fear in a religious school at the beginning of the 1960s. Father Manolo, director of the school and its professor of literature, is witness to and part of these discoveries. The three are followed through the next few decades, their reunion marking life and death.
|Studio :||Televisión Española,|
|Crew :||Production Design, Set Decoration,|
|Cast :||Gael García Bernal Fele Martínez Daniel Giménez Cacho Lluís Homar Francisco Maestre|
|Genre :||Drama Thriller Crime Mystery Romance|
This is an astonishing documentary that will wring your heart while it bends your mind
The acting is good, and the firecracker script has some excellent ideas.
It’s not bad or unwatchable but despite the amplitude of the spectacle, the end result is underwhelming.
Story: It's very simple but honestly that is fine.
It's 1980 Madrid. Enrique Goded is a film director struggling for inspiration. He is paid a surprise visit by Ignacio Rodriguez (Gael García Bernal). He doesn't really recognize his first love whom he hasn't seen for 16 years. Ignacio wants to be called Ángel. He's a struggling actor looking for work. He also brings a story titled "The Visit". It's semi-autobiographical. Enrique doesn't really care about Ignacio anymore but he starts reading the story. In the story, Ignacio is a drag queen called Zahara who blackmails Father Manolo who abused young Ignacio.Gael García Bernal is magnificent. This is a multi-layered movie. Somewhere after the filming finishes on the screen, it got a bit complicated. This is a challenging movie. The subject matter is all Pedro Almodóvar. The complexity also has another layer that is solely for foreign movies. Reading subtitles can add another layer that Almodóvar may not appreciate.
Fascinatingly complex nourish mystery. A film-maker is reunited with a boyhood lover, who wants to tell a dark story from their Catholic school days. But is the story true? And who's story is it really? Gael Garcia Bernal is terrific, and all the acting is very good. Gorgeously shot, with a great score. I wish I felt more emotionally, but my mind was always completely absorbed, even if my heart stayed a little cool. Maybe that's the nature of a film where everyone is hustling and using each other. (mild spoilers ahead)A bit obvious and self-conscious in a few spots, and pederastic Catholic priests is a cliché the film only partially transcends (although the humanity given to the priest makes it far more interesting), and a couple of the climactic twists feel less motivated than what comes before. But worth it for the 'Vertigo' like layers of reality that keep getting pulled back and forcing us to keep reassessing 'good', 'bad', 'art' and 'real.' Many critics consider this Almodovar's masterpiece – and I could see re-watching a third time and liking it even more, given the film's many layers.)
Pedro Almodóvar's La mala educación is often summarized as a tragic tale of Franco-era childhood abuses suffered by two boys at the hands of their catholic priest. However it's also a story of ambiguity between traditional behavioral perceptions. Almodavar moves with fluidity, telling a story within a story while questioning traditional perceptions of roles such as the victim. In this story victims are plentiful and who we see as a victim can quickly become the victimizer. The manipulator dissolves into the manipulated.Two boys central to the plot, Enrique and Ignacio, are separated by space and time both longing to reconnect. Ignacio, an aspiring actor shows up with a movie script based off of their childhood experiences and abuses by their catholic Priest, Father Manolo. Enrique, a successful film director, is intrigued by the story but doesn't feel the same bond with Ignacio they once shared. Enrique has a hard time even recognizing Ignacio as his close childhood friend and first love.Enrique while researching for the movie script encounters dark details of betrayals and deceptions suffered as well as perpetrated by Ignacio. As a boy Ignacio was a victim and years later the tables had turned. Ignacio flipped upside down the balance of established roles by blackmailing Padre Manolo and in an unforeseen twist of events Padre Manolo transitions from the manipulating abuser to the manipulated pawn.In the end, the Ignacio that Enrique was desperately searching to find would turn out to be someone lost to him forever, sadly unrecognizable in the man he had recently reconnected with.
La Mala Educación is my favorite film by Pedro Almodóvar and one of the best films I've seen.What impressed me the most was the truly brilliant acting by Gael Garcia Bernal, Fele Martinez and Lluis Homar (in a short but fantastic role).Gael Garcia Bernal plays the same character three different ways throughout the film, each way perfectly. He's an actor that can give a powerful, humorous and very natural performance.Fele Martinez is a great Spanish actor that can also give very powerful and emotional performances (see him in Los Amantes del Circulo Polar) and he gives my favorite performance in this film. His character is defined by his mannerisms and facial expressions. The physical language is top-notch. A very subtle performance that I consider amazing and gets my personal win for Best Supporting Actor of 2004.Lluis Homar plays a small role, but one of the best acted ones I've seen. His performance is both raw and emotional. A character that perhaps wouldn't have been as memorable if played by someone else.The script is very well written. A very original story that deals with many controversial subjects, yet doesn't depend on them to capture your attention. It's the characters who really make this movie so great. Real characters displaying real emotions and of course played perfectly by the actors.A very important film and an example of realistic and great acting.