Spain, 2005, 106 min, Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, Rated NC-17, Spanish with English subtitles
“If Almodóvar is right, some of our most exciting sexual experiences take place entirely within the minds of other people.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“Pedro Almódovar has done it again. Absorbing and playful and sensuous as only this director can be.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Enrique (Fele Martínez) is a young, talented film director. Actor Ignacio (Gael García Bernal) turns up in his office to look for work and identifies himself as a childhood friend. He hands Enrique a story he has written and asks him to consider turning it into a film - and casting him in the leading role. The story is based on their childhood in a Catholic boarding school, where they fell in love but were pulled apart by Father Manolo (Daniel Giménez Cacho), who had other designs on Ignacio. Facts, fiction, fantasy, and identity keep shifting as the picture unfolds between past and present. Bad Education is a film noir / melodrama hybrid layered with unexpected twists.
There’s no greater joy for a film programmer than to come across a totally original filmmaker, in complete command of his domain, whose work resembles no one else’s. Such was my elation at discovering the films of Pedro Almodóvar and programming them - for the first time in the U.S. - starting in 1984, year one of the Miami Film Festival. Today, he’s not only the most celebrated Spanish filmmaker, but one of the world’s greatest directors, period. Our series surveys ten classics made over the course of 25 years, and feature not only his famous ensemble, fondly referred to as chicos y chicas Almodóvar, but also actors like Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem who went on to international stardom.
CGAC Director of Programming Nat Chediak was founder/director of the Miami Film Festival (1984-2001).
Program notes adapted from MoMA’s Almodóvar retrospective.