School memories are always good dramatic material, but I never felt
the impulse to make them into a movie, until around five years ago.
I don’t know the reason, maybe it’s because I’m getting
old. In any case, it has to do with the passage of time. This passage,
almost forty years, has been very positive because it has given me distance
and perspective to not make a movie about good characters and evil ones.
Bad Education is not a settling of scores
with the priests that educated me, nor revenge. In fact, the children
part is only one of the elements that form its complex plot. Bad
Education is a sort of anthology of all the themes that have
interested me up until now, with a sort of more pessimistic and serene
There’s the musical with a transvestite atmosphere of the late
’70s, the cinema as a profession, link, ambition and reflection
of the characters. The fraternity (in this case understood as murderous
rivalry between brothers). The sexual duality, people with bodies that
don’t match their spirit. School life, sports, the discovery of
sensuality among schoolmates, the fear of the superior’s aggressions,
Catholic priests in this case. Religious ceremonies, the loss of faith.
Music, always. The artist, in continuous search of a story to live and
to tell, to whom it’s impossible to separate one from the other.
Cinema within cinema. And last, and maybe the most important, fatality.
It had been some time since I wanted to do a film noir and I think this
is the genre that would define best Bad Education
although, as in all of my productions, this thriller is combined
with other genres.
This is probably the darkest movie I’ve done since Matador.
The good thing about cinema, among many other things, is its capacity
to convert into spectacle and entertainment the worst of our nature.
All of the movies I’ve done are borne out of an almost physiological
need to do those and not others. My guts choose the theme, the tone
and the moment. This has happened more than ever with Bad
Education. I am under the impression that the story has lived
within me as an alien for a long time, and that it has been necessary
to do fourteen other movies to get it to form. Once I am rid of it I
feel moved, light and happy.