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aka LA MALA EDUCATION
USA: Sony Classics
UK: Pathe Distribution
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Fele Martinez, Francisco Boira, Javier Camara, Juan Fernandez, Alberto Ferreiro, Raul Garcia Forneiro, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Lluis Homar, Roberto Hoyas, Francisco Maestre, Petra Martinez, Nacho Perez, Leonor Watling
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
USA: 105 mins
UK: 104 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language, sex references and hard drug use
USA Release Date: 10 December 2004 (Limited Release - wider)
USA Release Date: 19 November 2004 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 21 May 2004
Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, discover love, cinema and fear in a religious school at the start of the 60s. Father Manolo, the school principal and their literature teacher, is witness to and part of their discoveries.
The three characters meet again, at the end of the 70s and in the 80s and on each occasion they learn more about the lives and deaths of those closest to them.
Madrid,1980. A young and successful film director, Enrique Goded (Fele Martinez, Talk to Her) is searching for an idea for his next film. One day, whilst scouring newspapers for a worthwhile story to translate to the screen, he is visited by a childhood friend, Ignacio Rodriguez (Bernal, The Motorcycle Diaries, Amores Perros) who is now an actor going by the name of Angel Andrade. He gives Enrique a short story called 'The Visit' based on the experiences that he and Enrique had at school 16 years earlier.
The short story recalls the two boys love for each other and how their school principal and literature teacher, Father Manolo (Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Y tu Mama Tambien) expelled Enrique because he himself was in love with Ignacio.
Despite Enrique's enthusiasm for the story, he doesn't agree with Angel's wish to play the lead. However, he eventually gives in and the two become lovers, but the deeper they delve into the past, the more questions are raised including whether Angel really is the man he professes to be.
Alternating between both fact and fiction, this is an intricately woven thriller that leaps from the present to the past in the most stylish of ways. On DVD, BAD EDUCATION is the first Almódovar (Talk to Her, All About My Mother) film to feature an array of fascinating special features including an interview with Pedro Almódovar, deleted scenes, trailers, television spots, a 'making of' montage, photo gallery and a press book.
DVD Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (Widescreen 16x9)
DVD Sound Quality: 5.1 Dolby
DVD Subtitles: English for the hearing impaired
Bad Education DVD Features:
Making Of Montage
Costume Design Feature