Bad Education

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When an old friend brings filmmaker Enrique Goded (Fele Martínez) a semi-autobiographical script chronicling their adolescence, Enrique is forced to relive his youth spent at a Catholic boarding school. Weaving through past and present, the script follows a drag performer (Gael García Bernal) who reconnects with a grade school sweetheart. Spurred on by this chance encounter, the character reflects on her childhood sexual victimization and the trauma of closeting her sexual orientation. From two-time Academy Award-winner Pedro Almodóvar, Bad Education is an outrageous tale of desire, revenge, and murder. (Icon Film Distribution)


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English A perfect notch in the movie set list for the US Patriot Corps or the White Aryan Resistance. However, I can finally say with my fourth Almodovar film that my dislike of his work is not just subjectively due to his choice of themes that keep repeating themselves and don't really interest me. He's also a pretty incompetent director, you know? For example, his editing skills are equivalent to my elementary school crochet works in home ec classes, so you can see that he wants badly to get at least a C, but you can't light it, it's dead wood. And the camera again keeps trying. Here, for example, he conjures up an impressive shot with mise-en-scene and leaves it in front of everyone's eyes long enough for them to realize how much the cameraman was messing with it. But narratively, it's meaningless. It's like a fishbowl without the fish. And that good script? Like where Satan comes in ex machina at the end and Clarissa explains it to us in 20 minutes of dialogue? Have you seen Rambo lately? ()


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English Movies by Pedro Almodóvar are not for everyone. The selection of characters and situations in which they find themselves is influenced by his sexual orientation, so homosexuality, transvestitism, and various sexual deviances are more than common in his work. In Bad Education, his personal experiences and fantasies play a crucial role. The destinies of four men are intertwined, and although the film starts slowly and the viewer is left guessing about the personal motives and behavior of the main characters, the whole film is effectively concluded with a clever and impactful point. The excellent acting of all involved, especially Gael García Bernal, is a strong point. Bad Education is not so much a detective story as it is a psychological drama with a somewhat similar tone to Woody Allen's famous drama Match Point. Overall impression: 80%. ()



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English A homage to the Master of Suspense? Maybe... Although more than a crime story, it is another expert study of atypical but authentic relationships from the perspective of Pedro Almodóvar. A definite plus are the actors headed by the fabulous Bernal. The biggest negative is the screenplay, which has an interesting subject matter, though the way in which it is presented in the movie is not so interesting. ()

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