Intro to Film Studies
The film Bad Education, like all films, is judged in two separate facets of the filmmaking process, the films structure or its formal issues and the films real world concerns or its social issues. This intricate film’s plot and timeline make for an interesting and methodically thought out effect on these issues. Bad Education’s use of both a nonlinear storyline and its timeline in Spanish culture show a calculating execution of director Pedro Almodovar’s design for the film.
The narrative used in Bad Education is nonlinear and jumps back and forth between the past, present, and alternate telling of the past through the use of a film within a film. Ignacio, latter found out to actually be Juan, comes to his first boyhood love, Enrique, at long last after many years without contact. He comes to his screenwriter friend with a script that he penned, titled The Visit, and the proposition that Enrique make this film into a movie with himself in the lead role as Zahara. While reading the script Enrique soon discovers that the film is a semi-autobiographical tale of their boyhood together in a Catholic boarding school. From here the film jumps to the past and we learn that Ignacio was sexually molested by a priest named Father Manolo. After detailing the early part of their lives, Bad Education transitions back into the present where Enrique is interested in the script but is skeptical about Ignacio playing the lead role of the transsexual Zahara. Out of curiosity of Ignacio suddenly reappearing in his life, Enrique drives to Ignacio’s mother’s house and learns that Ignacio has been dead for four years and the man with the script he recently met was actually Ignacio’s younger brother Juan. Intrigued to find out more about what is actually going on he agrees to do the movie with Juan in the lead role. On the set of The Visit, a man named Manuel Berenguer comes to Enrique to reveal that he is...