10 February 2010

La mala educación (Bad Education)

As I rewatched this, at first I wondered if it might play out more dramatic if told chronologically, or without the framing mystery of Ignacio/Juan... so much flashing back left me a little dizzy (alternately: so much flashing back made me feel like I was watching a Spanish episode of Lost). But by the end I had to concede, the story only coheres with the framing mystery intact.

Walking out of "FILM NOIR WEEK" at the cinema after having just committed murder, Manolo/Berengeur says to Juan, "It's as if all the films were talking about us." Bad Education feels like the most neo of neo-noir stories I can think of: like all the noir tropes have been turned inside out and upside down.

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