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#1..Yolana Bell's opening number, where we first see her performing..she did a song called "Dime" (which is in fact, a Spanish version of Morris Albert's "Feelings")
#2. a conversation among the Redeeming sisters and a redeemed girl from the past, where they run into each other on the Sister's outdoor stand, where they sell cakes, flowers and peppers.
#3. The Sisters' explaining to nuns from their mother chapter, that they had been robbed, talking it over the punch bowl. Also cutting off a funny line, where the sisters gossip over a younger nun, saying that "she's far to pretty for this vocation, but time will take care of that"
#4. A small bit of Sister Rat From Sewer's opening speech before Yolanda's performance for the Mother Superior's birthday party. in this DVD issue, they go straight to Sister Rat talking on stage, completely taking out her peeking out from the curtain and quieting down the crowd.
but ultimately, I am happy that this movie saw the light of day AGAIN, it had been out of print on video for years..so, its a great buy, but be bewared that it's edited. If u have never seen this movie before, then it wont be a problem. Hardcore fans like myself might have a problem.
Though the dvd quality is not that great (and several scenes have been deleted), the film still stands up to the test of time. A drugged out singer takes refuge in a convent run by nuns with serious issues. These nuns do heroin, drop acid, read trashy novels, and even have lesbian tendencies.
The acting is great, the women (most of whom you are familiar with if you've seen other Almodovar films, Carmen Maura, Marisa Paredes, etc)do a fine job, they created a very charming and entertaining group of "sisters."
While this is not the best Almodovar film, it is still a funny ditty that is better than 95% of the films that come out these days.
Almodovar is a unique figure in global cinema; of that there is no doubt. It's interesting to see his progress as a filmmaker which is dotted here and there with films that are full of great ideas, some of which have juice and some of which don't quite gel. What Have I Done to Deserve This?, the film immediately preceding Dark Habits, gels and works really well. Dark Habits has a lot of good ideas but does not quite seem to gel.
But some of it--parts, ideas, scenes here and there--are so creative they make you sit up and almost shout. A Mother Superior who shoots smack? A nun with a full grown pet tiger? Another nun who writes trashy romance novels? Great ideas. One of the absolute best sequences in the film is that in which junkie-hooker-nightclub singer Yolanda sings a parting song at the Holy Redeemers convent accompanied by three nuns who play instruments and also do backup singing (obviously lip-synched). This is a terrific scene full of bounce that makes you realize Almodovar is a truly gifted filmmaker.
Alas the chops shown in this one sequence are not consistent throughout the film. The ending is not as strong as it should have been, unfortunately, which makes it all the more disappointing when so many great ideas have passed you by during the course of the film.
Worth seeing because of the uniqueness that is Pedro Almodovar. Not one of his best, though. (My favorites are Live Flesh, What Have I Done to Deserve This? and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown).
This time around it is the Catholic Church he examines. A convent exists for women in the throes of desperation (drugs, prostitution, other crimes) and the Sisters all bear humiliating names (Sister Rat of the Sewer, Sister Manure, etc) as per the design of the order. The hilarity comes form the sub-vocations of the nuns which include dealing and using heavy drugs, writing pulp novels, voyeurism, etc. Even the Priest affiliated with the convent is more committed to sewing gaudy dresses than tending to his parish. The story is slight - a victim singer takes refuge in the declining convent and helps to salvage its support from a stingy and wealthy widow of their main source of financing. Things just get crazy, zany, and at times ridiculous, but you just can't help liking this batch of ladies. A refreshing romp!
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Before I review Dark Habits I think I should point out this Optimum version is cut. Some 15 minutes have been excised for some reason. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Film Buff
I have always loved this movie, now I finally have it on dvd. This is Almodovar at its best, brilliant and funnyPublished 21 months ago by Daniel C.
My favorite movie Love Almodovar, I didn't pay attention on the region which kind of sucked but the movie is just goldPublished on November 12, 2013 by Daniel Enrique Navarro Valdez
DARK HABITS is one of the strangest, most divinely humorous movies I've ever seen! A nightclub singer named Yolanda goes into hiding after her fellow, heroin-addicted boyfriend... Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
Ignore the mediocre reviews. Dark Habits is delightful, no less so than Almodóvar's later, more popular movies. Read morePublished on January 19, 2012 by J. Martin
The film is not excellent but the characters are. The film should be watched for the characters it creates. Read morePublished on February 3, 2008 by Morrigan Alexandros
Classic Pedro Almodovar movie. Dark and strangely funny. Not as commercial or light as "Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown", but still entertaining. Read morePublished on September 4, 2005 by M. Kendrick