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Directed by Pedro Almodóvar • 2004 • Spain
Starring Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez
In Pedro Almodóvar’s BAD EDUCATION, two boys, Ignacio and Enrique, discover love, cinema, and fear in a Franco-era religious school in the early 1960s. In 1980 Madrid, young director Enrique Goded (Fele Martínez) is looking for a story for his fourth film when he has a visitor: an attractive young man (Gael García Bernal) who says he is his old school friend, Ignacio. Ignacio has brought a short story he has written, which piques Enrique’s interest when he realizes that the story was inspired by their childhood. Enrique’s film, and the events that transpire during its shooting, tell a story within a story whose real and imagined characters try to make sense of themselves, their world, and their past.