Source: Catholic News Service
Triangular drama set in Spain about a young, gay filmmaker (Fele Martinez) who, after encountering a former classmate (Gael Garcia Bernal) -- now a struggling actor -- whom he had once been enamored with, decides to make a movie about their youthful experiences as students at a strict, all-boys Catholic boarding school, in particular the pederast predations by their headmaster, a priest (Daniel Gimenez-Cacho). Stylishly directed by Pedro Almodovar, the movie's plot takes classic film-noir conventions and gives them a homoerotic twist. In touching on the hot-button issue of sexual abuse by the clergy, Almodovar paints an unflattering -- and unbalanced -- picture of Catholic priests; however, his primary motive seems to have been to use the crimes as a catalyst for the story rather than as a weapon to target the church in general for condemnation. Subtitles. Several intense homosexual encounters, implied pedophilia, murder without consequence, recurring drug content, transvestism, a scene of two boys masturbating, brief nudity, fleeting violence, instances of irreverent humor and frequent rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.
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