Dark Habits

Almodóvar’s third film is an explosion of radical comedic and formal visual experiments – like Robert Bresson via Une Femme est Une Femme. Yolanda, a young nightclub singer, finds herself drawn to a convent after her lover dies of an overdose. From there, well, things get pretty absurd. Formally inventive at every turn, Dark Habits is the work of an exceptionally talented young filmmaker throwing everything at the wall in pursuit of pure visual splendor. Almodóvar drew inspiration from Marlene Dietrich and Douglas Sirk films, but also adapts his unique cultural and situational-comedic sense – and there is a lot of heart on display in the invectives Almodóvar hurls at organized religion in modern Spain. It’s also fun to just watch Almodóvar throw his hat in the ring for the funniest movie ever made about nuns and heroin.

Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 1983, DCP, 114 min.

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