SESSION ONE: 15 OCT 2011 @ 3.30 pm
(tr. DARK HABITS)
Dir. Pedro Almodovar. 1983, 114 min. Spanish, with English subtitles.
Script: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Cristina Sánchez Pascual, Julieta Serrano, Marisa Paredes, Carmen Maura, Chus Lampreave
The craziest mad-cap comedy ever directed by Almodovar (and that’s saying something!)
The film opens with a homage to the unsung
lesbian classic All About Eve, when the number-one
fan of cabaret singer Yolanda comes backstage to get an autograph. The fan is the
Mother Superior in a Madrid convent devoted to fallen women, who in penance
adopt humiliating names – from the charming Sor Manure to the delightful Sor Sewage
Rat. When Yolanda gets into a scramble with local drug-dealers, she uses the
convent as a hideout. As it turns out, she is not the only one there with a
criminal past, and she is not the first pretty young woman ‘rescued’ by Mother
Superior. Everyone in the convent has a secret (or two), and the addition of
Yolanda into the mix brings the sisters to boiling point. The amazing cast,
including some of the best actresses in Spain, treat these insane characters
with the utmost respect, and the result is, strangely enough, more sweet than
it is blasphemous.
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