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Dark Habits

4.3 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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A nightclub singer and junkie hides out with a group of unconventional nuns when her boyfriend dies of an overdose in Academy Award® winner Pedro Almodovar's irreverent and biting comedy. . new transfer, 5.1, filmographies, subtitle control

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Who but Pedro Almodóvar would make a movie in which a nightclub singer named Yolanda, whose boyfriend has died from a heroin overdose, hides from the police in a nunnery--only to discover that the nuns have more perverse lifestyles than her own? The nuns of Dark Habits use drugs, write lurid pulp novels, design high-fashion habits, and keep a tiger in their courtyard. Yolanda (Cristina Sanchez Pascual) gets caught up in the head nun's scheme to regain the patronage of a wealthy noblewoman, but betrayal, illicit love, and a campy musical number are waiting in the wings. Dark Habits features Almodóvar regulars Carmen Maura and Marisa Paredes, as well as a bit part by Cecelia Roth of All About My Mother. Fans of Almodóvar's magnificent later films (like Habla Con Ella (Talk to Her)) may find Dark Habits a bit thin, but it offers its own charms and comic delights. --Bret Fetzer

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  • New high-definition transfer

Product Details

  • Actors: Lina Canalejas, Mary Carrillo, Laura Cepeda, Concha Grégori, Chus Lampreave
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B00009XN3M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,026 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Habits" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
I must foremost thank Wellspring, the distributor of this film, for releasing this Almodóvar masterpiece on DVD..however..I am not sure who was behind this release..but, being familiar with the original release of this film..I was shocked and perplexed for the fact that this DVD issue is an EDITED version, cutting off approx. 15 mins of this film. I dont know WHy they did this, or what...I felt they cut off some important scenes..
#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.
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Seeing that Almodovar's new movie (La Mala Educacion) has to do with the catholic church, I felt it appropriate to go back and see this old one. Glad I did. Very funny film.
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.
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It is amazing that after all these years wating for such a great movie on DVD it finallly comes out with some scenes deleted... plus the DVD transfer is not so great... avoid this and go for the VHS, it contains the complete movie and quality is about the same...
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Where did the Whoopi Goldberg flick Sister Act come from? Dark Habits. Where did Hal Hartley get the idea for a nun who writes porno novels in his film Amateur? Dark Habits.

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).
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Perhaps it is because Spain is the place of origin of the Surrealism movement in art that has propelled Pedro Almodovar's career. But whatever the genes or historical influences, Almodovar is one of the most consistently creative and outrageous directors working in the industry today. The public has become aware of his gifts through his recent tender films (All About My Mother, Talk To Her, etc) but this zany romp dates back to 1983 when he was able to take on anything and create parody (Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, Matador, etc).
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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