Movie Review: Bad Education (La Mala Educaion)
Story:Director, writer Pedro Almodovar has done it again. After tremendous success with his Talk to Her and All About My Mother I wasn't sure where this talented man was headed. No waiting for the Lobo Howl score - I loved this film.
Almodovar uses the big screen as if he were a painter. His canvas is filled with large ideas (broad strokes), fascinating twists and turns (texture) and larger than life characters (bold color). Reality and fantasy cross paths and we are not sure what we are viewing but like a good painting we have to work a bit to get the big picture.
The story moves back and forth between 1967 and 1980. Two men meet after 16 years, after their friendship had abruptly ended, while in Catholic School. One has become a film director and one is a struggling actor. How they remember the past and digest it is the mosaic that Almodovar brings to the screen.
This blessed director never judges his characters,
however flawed they might appear to us. This is a complex, multitiered,
semi-autobiographical, film noir-ish treat. It is well worth your time
Theater Audience: Packed with a very
Chelsea crowd. My movie buddy and I were admiring all of the handsome
men but sadly, they did not have eyes for us.
Drift Range:Warning! Do not
drift. You have to pay attention at all times or you will be lost in
the character and time shifts.
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