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Dark Habits (1983)

Entre tinieblas (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 10 March 1983 (Spain)
A nightclub singer seeks refuge with gay nuns on dope in a Madrid convent.

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(as Pedro Almodovar)
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Yolanda (as Cristina S. Pascual)
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Jorge (as Willmore)
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Lina
Miguel Zúñiga ...
Madero (as Miguel Zuñiga)
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Superiora
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Sor Estiércol
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Marquesa (as Mari Carrillo)
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Sor Perdida
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Sor Víbora
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Capellán
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Sor Rata
Marisa Tejada ...
Lola
Eva Siva ...
Antonia
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Merche
Rubén Tobías ...
Policía (as Ruben Tobias)
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Storyline

Yolanda sings in a seedy nightclub. When her boyfriend dies of an overdose, she fears the police and seeks refuge in a convent that saves women from the streets. These off-beat nuns include a heroin using abbess who loves Yolanda, one who writes romance novels under a pseudonym, another raising a tiger in the convent yard, and one who designs fabulous fashions and is in love with the local priest. They plan an evening extravaganza starring Yolanda to celebrate the abbess's birthday and to convince their wealthy patron not to abandon them. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Trivia

Pedro Almodóvar's first film to have a proper producer and be made for a proper film company, rather than be made on the hoof like his previous projects. Almodóvar has since distanced himself from the film as he felt that he had to bow to commercial considerations. See more »

Goofs

The "Salí porque salí" song is obviously not sung by Yolanda nor the backing vocalists. See more »

Quotes

Abbess Julia: One of the bases of our community is self-mortification and humiliation. That's why we have such bizarre-sounding names: Sister Manure, Sister Rat, Sister Damned, Sister Snake. Man will not be saved until he realizes he is the most despicable being ever created.
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Connections

References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »

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Suck It to Me
Written by Pedro Almodóvar (as P. Almodovar), Fabio McNamara (as F. McNamara) & Bernardo Bonezzi (as B. Bonezzi)
Performed by Pedro Almodóvar & Fabio McNamara (as Almodóvar & McNamara)
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Nuns on smack.
9 May 2010 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

What else do you need to know? Honestly, this isn't Almodovar's best work. In fact, it's pretty sloppy story-wise. But I enjoyed the heck out of it. Cristina Sanchez Pascual plays a heroin-addicted singer who hides out in a convent after her boyfriend overdoses. The nuns there are, shall we say, a little quirky in that they are mostly on drugs (heroin, cocaine, acid - but not pot; at one point a nun says "you know I don't do soft drugs"). Also, one's a lesbian and another writes lurid romance novels and together they have raised a pet tiger. They all have names like Sister Snake and Sister Rat, because the humiliation is sacred. There's really no compelling reason the nuns are on drugs. It's just kind of a shocking, humorous detail. I think Bunuel would have loved it, though the film itself isn't particularly blasphemous. It doesn't view the nuns or Catholicism cynically. It just exists in its own, weird Almodovar universe. The plot is not very strong, so the whole thing just kind of fizzles, but it's entertaining. Carmen Maura plays one of the nuns, but she's not an extremely important character. On the Region 1 DVD, though, she graces the cover.


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