The new Almodovar film, “La Mala Educacion,” is terrific (I’ll admit up front, Pedro is one of my favorite filmmakers working today). While I almost missed the movie thanks to too few hours of sleep, yesterday morning I jumped out of bed and made it to the Palais here in Cannes just in time for the first screening. I was so struck by the film that I went back and watched the second screening later in the afternoon.
“La Mala Educacion”, up there as one of Almodovar’s best alongside “All About My Mother”, is the story of a successful Spanish filmmaker who, while in a creative slump, revisits his life in parochial school and recalls a lost love, one that was interrupted by a pedophile priest and marked the filmmaker’s loss of faith in the church.
From multiple perspectives (and “realities”) we travel through three decades of filmmaker Enrique Goded life, learning more about him through a collection of episodes, some imagined, some created in a unique film-within-a-film, and others depicted in the film’s present day. All are viewed in the context of the cinema, from its homage to film noir moments to unique character’s that are influenced and inspired by cinematic personalities.
Reviews are starting to appear online, the film opened yesterday in France (and already debuted Spain). While indieWIRE critic Peter Brunette was mixed on the new movie, the Hollywood Reporter praised the picture.
Pictured: Nacho Perez as Ignacio and Raul Garcia Forneiro as Enrique in Almodovar’s “La Mala Educacion.”