Bad Education 2004 Spain
Gay Spanish director, Pedro Almodóvar, burst onto the international film scene in 1988 with “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” a clever, campy black comedy. He followed it with “Tie me up! Tie me down!" and “High Heels." Like other 'auteur' directors, he often works with the same actors, among them Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.
"La mala educación" takes place both in and out of the gay culture of Spain in the 1980’s but the story begins years earlier. In the 1960s, two boys - Ignacio and Enrique - discover love, movies and gay fear in a Christian boarding school. Father Manolo, the school principal and Literature teacher, both witnesses and takes part in these discoveries. These three characters come up against one another twice again, in the late 70s and in the 1980’s. The results are emotionally explosive.
The movie is a heady mix of Gays, drag queens and “casting couch” sex in Spain’s movie industry - not to mention the government’s complicity with the Church in alter boy molestations. Stylistically, “Bad Education” is a gay, hypnotic mix of “Vertigo,” “Memento,” and “Mullholland Drive.” Reality and fantasy interweave with such ease it's difficult to separate one from the other. And, like Todd Haynes’ very gay “Far from Heaven,” it features a rich, retro, symphonic musical score à la Bernard Herrmann.
Amazon review: “A disturbing film that challenges the viewer's comfort. It also challenges you to keep up as it jumps from comedy to romance to drama to film-noir thriller.”
Rotten Tomatoes (88% rating): “A layered, wonderfully-acted and passionate drama. It exerts an uncanny power: Like the best of Almodóvar's work, it throws you a sucker punch that will stagger your heart, mind, and soul.”
In Spanish with English subtitles
Please arrive at 6:00p for drinks, snacks & socializing followed by Chinese food dinner (with vegetarian choices). Wine brought by guests is always welcome.
$10 donation for dinner & soft drinks
Movie starts at 7:00p 1 hour, 45 min.
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