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Dark Habits (1983)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cristina Sánchez Pascual ...
Yolanda (as Cristina S. Pascual)
Will More ...
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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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Alicia Hermida was offered the role of Sor Rata de Callejón, but her schedule didn't allow her to do it. Once Pedro Almodóvar knew this, he gave the part to Chus Lampreave, who previously had a smaller role. 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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Dime
Written by Morris Albert
Arranged by Miguel Morales
Performed by Sol Pilas
Edited by Ediciones Quiroga Barcelona (España)
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definitely worth watching
14 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is early Almodovar, and if you've seen his other early films, you know what to expect. If you haven't seen them, then you might be surprised. The film is funny, unpredictable, and endearing in a kinky, warped kind of way. Almodovar's nuns are wonderful characters. With straight faces and looks of piety, they do outrageous things without batting an eye. There are probably many ways to interpret the film, but I think it's about acceptance. We're all "sinners" in one way or another, as the nuns would say, and it's not up to us to judge or condemn other people. The sisters are very forgiving - in fact, they love sinners! - and they create a little haven where marginal people can find shelter. They are eccentric, they do things that mainstream society condemns, but they don't really do any harm to anyone and maybe even help some people find their path in life. This isn't the Catholic Church's idea of what a convent should be like, and I understand that very devout people would be offended by the way Almodóvar treats the subject. Still, he does it in a kind of gentle, good humored way and he offers an alternative vision of religious devotion that can make you laugh if you aren't too uptight about these things. Things don't always make sense, but that's fine, things don't make sense in life sometimes, either. Just sit back and watch, and enjoy the twists and turns.


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