Acceptance — One Reel At A Time

In Pedro Almodóvar's most recent film, the noir thriller Bad Education , a flashback to early-'60s Spain shows a budding romance between two young Catholic schoolboys, Enrique and Ignacio. Their relationship is torn apart by a jealous priest who wants Ignacio all to himself. Fifteen years later, Enrique is a successful filmmaker, entwined in a loveless affair with an actor who claims to be Ignacio and wants revenge on the pedophiliac priest.

The film is darker than most from the acclaimed Spanish director, but its mix of gender bending, unabashed eroticism and disdain for the Catholic Church is an...

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