Saturday, January 5, 2013

2004 - BAD EDUCATION, melodrama from Almodovar

 The Spanish director Almodovar wrote and directed a soap opera like melodrama about two friends from school who are reunited years later.  One of the friends is a successful film director the other is an actor.  This film is not unlike something Douglas Sirk would have made at Universal in the late 50's or early 60's.  The difference here is that almost every character in the cast is gay.

There's child abuse by priests, transvestism, transsexualism and just lot's of gay stuff going on in this film.  The characters are not exactly sympathetic but they are interesting. 

I have not seen a lot of Almodovar's films but I have seen enough to know that he is a very skilled director.  If you ignore the gay element of the story in a lot of ways it's pretty standard stuff.  However Almodovar is an extremely gifted filmmaker and his talent kept me watching mostly to see how this story would resolve itself. 

Worth a look however there is a whole lot of gay stuff going on.

105 minutes.

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