Original Uncut NC-17 Edition
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From two-time Academy Award(r)-winner Pedro Almodovar (2002 Best Original Screenplay, Talk to Her, 2000 Best Foreign Language Film, All About My Mother) comes BAD EDUCATION, an outrageous tale of desire, revenge and murder. Filmmaker Enrique (Fele Martínez) gets a visit from an aspiring actor claiming to be his old school friend Ignacio (Gael Garcia Bernal, The Motorcycle Diaries, Y Tu Mama Tambien), who has written a story about their traumatic childhood spent at Catholic school. In the story, adrag performer known as Zahara (also played by Bernal) attempts to blackmail a predatory priest by exposing their scandalous past. The tale provides the inspiration for Enrique¹s next film. But when the villainous priest from their school days arrives on to tell his own version of the events, thetruth is wilder than anything anyone could have imagined. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone raves, "Gael Garcia Bernal is dynamite!" and calls the film "a rapturous masterwork!"
- In Spanish with English subtitles
- Audio Commentary with director Pedro Almodovar
- Deleted Scenes
- Red Carpet footage from the AFI Film Festival
- Making of "Bad Education"
- Photo Gallery, Poster Explorations, Previews
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Bad Education was a thrilling rollercoaster ride. It held my attention throughout. It started out as one thing (a comedy) and became something else (a suspenseful thriller). All the elements are top notch- - acting, production, writing, direction.
Don't be put off by the NC-17 rating-- there is nothing truly explicit here, not even violence or full frontal nudity. Having said that, this is an adult film made for adults. And it's unapologetically Gay.
This film makes me want to seek out and watch other Almodóvar films!
So what is it about? I have to say that I think the film is about becoming different people to manipulate and survive. Yet, Almodovar also seems to be warning us that when someone becomes what we want, we should probably suspect blackmail and manipulation. If it is too good to be true, it probably isn't true.
Gael Garcia Bernal plays an actor, who gets to play himself, but actually it is his brother, whom he kills in reality and then plays in the movies. To move ahead he is 'seduced' by an ex-priest who years before molested his older brother. Now why would a beautiful young man film his older middle-aged trick during lovemaking, especially his face, unless it was to blackmail him later?
Gradually we see that Juan, the actor, becomes the lover of a famous director to win a role in a movie. However, the director, Enrique Godel, is so used to manipulating and using others that he has little trouble kicking out Juan in the end. Even though we see Godel having sex with Juan, we are still not convinced he is gay - he is too slippery to catch.
Almodovar realizes that to reinvent ourselves, we require a story, but just as important, to be manipulated, blackmailed, and exploited, you must fall into that story also. Pretty people create dangerous territory.