Saturday, March 19, 2005

film - Bad Education

Bad Education 4.5/5

This is a refreshing, “story within a story” film that is compelling to watch, even with the sub-titles. It features a knock out performance by Gael Garcia Bernal, last seen in The Motorcycle Diaries as the Ernesto Guevara.

Our main character, Ignacio shows up at the offices of couple of filmmakers, one of them being Enrique, an old friend and his first lover, from about 16 years earlier, when they were on the cusp of puberty. He presents his old friend with a screen play that touches on their upbringing in the Catholic school, complete with creepy priest principal, who was also naughty in a way that you can imagine.

The acting throughout the film is excellent. The story within the story is engrossing. There’s blackmail and deceit and you can’t help but watch closely, right to the end.

Written and directed by Spain’s Pedro Almodóvar, Bad Education (La Mala educación) is the best film that I have seen since Million Dollar Baby and it’s getting good reviews. Depending on how prudish you are, though, you may be put off by the same–sex flavour.

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