Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Bad Education

2004 Spanish Feature

Cast: Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lluís Homar, Francisco Maestre, Francisco Boira, Juan Fernandez, Ignacio Pérez, Raúl Gª Forneiro, Javier Cámara, Alberto Ferreiro and Petra Martinez
Writer/Director: Pedro Almodóvar

When film director Enrique is visited by Ignacio, his childhood friend (and lover), Ignacio gives him a short story he's written that's a factual account of the molestation he sustained at the hands of their Catholic school teacher.



  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available


  • BAFTA Award nomination for Best Film not in the English Language.
  • European Film Awards for Best Director and Actor (Martínez).
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film.
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

  • Originally rated NC-17 in the United States for "a scene of explicit sexual content". After an oral sex scene was altered, the film was given an R-rating.
  • The first Spanish film to open the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Gael García Bernal fired off an angry riposte to the New York Times for claiming that he had had a falling out with Pedro Almodóvar over the explicit homosexual love scenes in Bad Education. Bernal wanted it on record that he had had absolutely no reservations about taking the role.

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