La mala educación (2004)

 


 

An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends. Full summary »

Genre: Crime,Drama,Fantasy,Mystery,Romance,Thriller

La mala educación (2004)
   
Release Date: 19 March 2004 (Spain)
Country: Spain
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast:
  • Gael García Bernal
  • Fele Martínez
  • Daniel Giménez Cacho
  • Lluís Homar
  • Francisco Maestre
  • Francisco Boira
  • Juan Fernández
  • Nacho Pérez
  • Raúl García Forneiro
  • Javier Cámara
  • Alberto Ferreiro
  • Petra Martínez
  • Sandra
  • Roberto Hoyas


33 Responses to La mala educación (2004)

  1. pauloarago
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    How is it that the two leads are "college buddies" but when Gael Garcia walks into the room and introduced himself with his brother’s name, the producer accepts him? Wouldn’t the producer have wondered why his "first love" changed so much? I mean the last time the producer saw his "first love" was in his adult form already.

    Please, hold up my heart.

  2. ggro
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    Where Gael’s character starts riding the dude’s dick. I’ve probably masturbated to it over 10 times now.

    Thanks for turning me gayer, Bad Education.

  3. WildFire51
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    I really enjoy the works of Almodovar but didn’t particularly enjoy this film. I don’t even know what I didn’t like but I found myself wanting to turn it off a couple of times. I was disappointed. Anyone else feel the same?

  4. Emunah
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    I didn’t see anything that should merit it nc-17. it says nc-17 for a "scene of extreme sexual content". What scene are they referring to??? seriously i didn’t see anything that should make it nc-17 the way the dreamers is or Bad Lieutenant, etcc.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I62568_WGk

  5. neptunes_only_daughter
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    Can someone explain to me what the motives of Juan and the "Father" (his lover) are to kill ignacio?

    I rewatched the scene on the telephone which seems to be the crucial one in this case, after which juan says "voy a matarle", but I still didn’t hear some things it seems. I also looked up the description of the film on wikipedia but this part is not explained on there either.I watched the film in the original so that may explain why I missed out on this.

  6. charcoalactivity
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    I can’t find them on IMDB. Does anyone know if the two kid actors have new projects/films now?

  7. charcoalactivity
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    Hi!

    Does anyone have the EXACT Spanish lyric they used in the movie for both songs?

  8. jubinne
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    Anyone else thinks that he resembles Julia in his make up?

  9. piroflare
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    Which movie do you think is better? I watched Mysterious Skin and this movie seems similar in its storyline.

  10. Anonymous
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  11. chula_71
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    I truly enjoyed this movie but found it hard to keep up with the dialogue. I am a Mexican-American and speak excellent Spanish. But the Spanish I speak and the Spanish spoken in the movie are completely different. I live in South Texas and everyone I know (friends, family, acquaintances, etc.) speaks the way I do.

    Fortunately, the movie had subtitles so I was able to understand. However, I missed out on some parts of the movie due to having to read subtitles…LOL.

    I know the Spanish I speak is a form of Latin. What is the Spanish in Spain?

  12. hannahp1
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    The first half of the movie was kind of slow, you thought it was going to go in one direction-than midway through it changed into an intriguing mystery of what was going to happen next with each scene.

    The acting was top notch, I love foreign films and how they are not afraid of showing nudity/sexual acts as every day occurances which they are in real life. The colors were great in this movie also.

    I did not care for the abrupt ending but still a must watch.

    7 out of 10.

  13. joe_schmo24
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    While watching this movie, it occured to me, is there an optimum way of watching foreign films?

    I enjoy foreign films and have seen a lot of them. But because I do not know French, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean or Spanish, sometimes I miss either a dialogue or a scene in the movie.

    An example, in the scene where the young Ignacio is singing the "gardener song" to Padre Manolo, I wanted to follow along with the lyrics of the song but I also wanted to see the emotion in the characters in the scene.

    So I guess my question is; for those who do not speak or understand any language other than English, how do you watch foreign films and still enjoy the movie as a whole? And for those who do speak and understand other languages, am I missing a lot?

    And please, none of the "You’re a dumb American. Learn to speak my language!" crap.

  14. warrel
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    I am bored of lists that include only American(and,furthermore mostly new ones) films and ignore so many masterpieces,so I decide to make another poll,which I think will be more serious,will include most of the great movies(especially the foreign ones) and will be more representitive of the history of cinema.So,if you want to see that list(maybe it will be a top 100)post your top 10 in one of my topics.I’ll start with mine:

    1.Goodfellas(1990,Martin Scorsese)

    2.Stalker(1979,Andrei Tarkovsky)

    3.Raging Bull(1980,Martin Scorsese)

    4.Once Upon a Time in the West(1968,Sergio Leone)

    5.Harakiri(1962,Masaki Kobayashi)

    6.Persona(1966,Ingmar Bergman)

    7.Lawrence of Arabia(1962,David Lean)

    8.Bicycle Thieves(1948,Vitorio De Sicca)

    9.The Godfather(1972,Francis Ford Coppola)

    10.2046(2004,Wong Kar-Wai)

    I hope that a lot of people will join my poll!

  15. revengeofthefoo
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    That it was "a mixture of VERTIGO, MEMENTO and MULLHOLLAND DRIVE." I dissagree with all three.

    How’s your mother?

    She’s on her way out.

    We all are. Act accordingly.

    -The Departed

  16. golden_filament
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    Why the priest started to fall in love with Juan…….

    i just don’t get it. I guess juan looked more like what he thought an older ignacio should look like?

  17. Anonymous
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  18. a_simple_proposition
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    The oral sex scene, Is it a little TOO graphic. Or was it just rated NC-17 because it was two men.

  19. lagunero5000
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    obvio miles de directores quisieran tener aunque sea la mitad de lo bien correcta dirigida que es esta pelicula, pero solo basandome en la filmografia de almodovar (repito, solo en eso)

    creo que es de lo peor, un exceso de travestis, un exceso de gays, un exceso de sexo , un exceso de TODO que no llevo a nada)

    nada como todo sobre mi madre, volver y hable con ella donde supo equilibrar todos los elementos, aqui siento que se salieron de control

  20. Gpreed-1
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    This proves that the MPAA is homophobic. I’m heterosexual and nothing in this movie disturbed me. Sure it should be rated R but NC-17 is so harsh. There was not a lot of graphic sex. It was because there were homosexual love scenes in the movie. I wonder how other movies pass through the MPAA sometimes. Some movies have even more graphic scenes and don’t get cut at all. I realize that sex disturbs people and they don’t want kids to be corrupted, but it is the parents fault. Unless your child wants to see a man get anally penetrated and other homosexual themes involved in a movie, which is really the main basis for this rating or what should be an R rating rather, then don’t take him or her. Parents complain about movies that they shouldn’t allow their children to see. And in reality, how many eleven year olds are going to sneak into an Alomdovar flick. It’s quite unlikely. They would rather see Assault on Precinct 13 or some other violent movie.

  21. CalvinValjean
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    Just came back from watching this and I was really impressed. Most of the criticism I’d heard was that Almodolvar had gone too far this time, but I didn’t find that at all.

    In fact, I actually feel this is the most serious dramatic film he has done. Both Talk To Her and All About My Mother were serious films, but I felt they had a lighter tone than Mala Educacion (although I’ll admit it’s been a while since I’ve seen either one). The entire last 40 minutes of this film is powerful stuff.

    I understand that Spain doesn’t want foreigners to think that Almodolvar is the only force in Spanish cinema, which is why they promoted The Sea Inside over this film. Well, that was a great film too, but the truth is that Almodolvar simply IS one of the best directors in Spanish cinema, and his talent shows in this film.

  22. Roundapanda-1
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    What’s the differnece between a spanish accent and a mexican one?

    When I was reading the trivia it said the gael garcia bernal had to learn a convincing spanish accent for the partm it set me wondering

    Oh christy

  23. cvespa
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    Can someone tell me the name of the actor who plays Gael’s best friend in this film? I remember he appeared in another mainstream film that had a connection to "adult films" that I’m also trying to track down.

  24. PenElaine
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    So I saw and loved this movie butI sadly do not speak spanish so I dont think I got the full effect and I have some questions. I’m not sure if the answers are like interpretable/debateable or they were clear and it just went over my head.. either way I’d like to hear everyone’s thoughts:)

    First off: did Juan cry after filming the scene where Ignacio is killed because he felt bad for plotting his death,or maybe because he was reminded of what his brother had turned into, or even maybe he really was cold heartedly self involved and was upset that it was the last day shooting and he wouldnt get to play the character he so wanted to play any longer?or something else?

    also are we to think that Juan actually liked or cared for the preist or was just using him and possibly not even gay at all. Andd Juan seemed so disgusted with what Ignacio had become(hypocrit much?) did he not blame or hate the Priest for what he had done to his brother basically resulting in his junkieness, stealing etc.. and was he not disgusted by the pedophilia?

    I personally dont feel like juan liked the priest at all but I’ve read that he loved him and bah I’m just a bit confused because the movie and characters were so complex, which I loved, I just like to have things as figured out as best I can and I dont like to have my takes and interprations if there’s a real actual answer out there that I missed.

    also sorry if any of these questions have already been asked

    thanks a lot

    Elaine<3

  25. mikema74
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    I just saw this film today in NYC and it was amazing. What cities, states, or countries have you seen this film? Just curious to see where the film is currently playing…

  26. Gul85
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    I don’t get this:

    When Ignacio returns from his trip, he walks in on Juan and Manolo fooling around in the living. Juan was sitting on top of Manolo, and they were playing with a camera and stuff. So why in heavens name doesn’t Ignacio scream and shout when he enters!! I mean come on, it’s your brother that is ‘doing’ the sick pedophile bastard. Shouldn’t he have reacted shocked? Or is he already aware of the whole thing?

    PLS HELPPP SOMEONEEEE

  27. Anonymous
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  28. kangaroo91
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    I thought that the swimming pool scene was so insightful and the acting was great – you could tell right away that something was wrong with "Ignacio" and that Enrique could sense it. But I have a question about the part where he dives into the pool and remains there, against the wall. What is he doing? Is he afraid?

  29. Bobby009
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    So what’s the verdict – is Juan really just a selfish monster, a beast without human feelings?

    People seem to be explaining his actions simply by stating that he’s a senseless monster, instead of actually trying to understand why he did the things he did. I think it seems unlike Almodovar to create such a simple character.

    Eg: Why did he cry after the shoot was finished? Was it really only because it was over, because he didn’t get to play the role of his life anymore? Or can it have been a sign of remorse…?

    And why did he want to play a drag queen so desperately in the first place? Simply because it was a great chance? Or…

    Yes, I would like to make Juan a bit more human. But am I just over-analyzing?

    -Cheerleaders are dancers who have gone retarded-

  30. tampaMr
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    17 y.o. girl

    I’m a huge Gael fan

    Enjoyed Volver alot

    like foreign film

    speak Spanish semi-fluently

    I haven’t heard much about it, but I love Gael.

    http://www.matchflick.com/member/3739

  31. Victorita9
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    I simply do not know what to think about this this movie. I think its the type of movie you have to see once. I hated everyone is the cast in the end(because they were such horrible people) except for Enrique. I absolutely loved him. He cared so much for Ignatio even though he hadn’t seen him in a while but even he was flawed because when he found out who Juan was started to sleep with Juan just to see how far he would go. I think the reason why Enrique cared so much for Ignatio was because he still thought of him like he did when they were kids.

    Ignatio i do not know what to think of him. As an adult he was a pain in the ass who kept of trying to steal money from his family by constantly lying to them. But he became that way because of that stupid padre manolo.

    Juan wasn’t right in the head because he killed his brother and went to 2nd base with the guy who molested his brother because he wants gifts.

    And last but not least Padre manolo. I hated him and he disgusted me because he didn’t think that what he did wasn’t right. he never mourned his past transgressions but he wanted to be with the guy who he f*uc*ked up’s little brother and then he kills Ignatio. I hate him the most.

    But besides all of the bad stuff you constantly want to know what happens to Ignatio and you feel for Enrique because it feels like he still loves Ignatio even after all of this time and you can actually feel what he feel his dread when he learns more of what really happens to Ignatio.

    Seriously i do not have a firm grasp on whether i like this lovie or not.

  32. birdsnearastream
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    Did the scene in the begining of Bad Education that has Ignacio dressed as the woman in the club singing, where Ignacio and Enrique meet again, and she comes to his bike, and they spend the evening together…blow job…yadayadayada

    Did this happen in real life, or was it a fictionalized event that Ignacio (/Juan) included in the movie?

    I don’t remember.

    Please help!

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  33. ermincolpa
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    Are there any sex scenes in it, disturbing ? If so, then I wouldn’ watch it…

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