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Filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar takes a look at his own adolescence as well as confronting the issue of sexual misconduct in the Catholic Church in this stylish drama, which was chosen to open the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Enrique Goded (Fele Martínez) is a Spanish filmmaker who is having trouble settling on a new project when he's approached by Ignacio Rodriguez (Gael García Bernal), who was his close friend when they were schoolboys. Goded, who fell in love for the first time with Rodriguez, barely recognizes the man as his former crush, but agrees to read the short story he's written. The tale turns out to be an semi-autobiographical account of their days in a Catholic boarding school, in which a cross-dressing night-club performer named Zahara (also played by Bernal) hooks up with a man named Enrique (Alberto Ferreiro), who turns out to have been his first lover when he was a student. Recalling their school days, Zahara tracks down Father Manolo (Daniel Giménez Cacho), one of his teachers from school with pedophilic tendencies, and threatens to expose the priest's attempts to seduce him and ruin his relationship with Enrique years ago. Goded decides to use the story as the basis for his next film, and Rodriguez, an out-of-work actor, makes it clear he's eager to play Zahara. However, Goded isn't certain if Rodriguez is the right actor for the role, or if he's even the man he claims to be; an angry conflict with Rodriguez leads Goded back to the real Ignacio's mother (Petra Martínez). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 19, 2004


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Pedro Almodóvar Best Foreign Film 2004 Nominee


Fele Martínez
as Enrique Goded
Gael García Bernal
as Juan
Gael García Bernal
as Angel
Gael García Bernal
as Zahara
Daniel Jiménez Cacho
as Father Manolo
Lluís Homar
as Sr. Berenguer
Javier Camára
as Paca
Petra Martínez
as Ignacio's Mother
Nacho Perez
as Young Ignacio
Alberto Ferreiro
as Enrique Serrano
Leonor Watling
Francisco Boira
as Ignacio Rodriguez
Francisco Maestre
as Father Jose
Juan Fernandez
as Martin
Ignacio Perez
as Ignacio Kid
Roberto Hoyas
as Galicia's Barman
Juan Fernandez
as Martin
Ignacio Perez
as Ignacio Kid
Francisco Maestre
as Father Jose
Francisco Boira
as Ignacio Rodriguez


Pedro Almodóvar
Agustín Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
Jose Luis Alcaine
Alberto Iglesias
Composer (Music Score)
Jose Luis Alcaine
José Salcedo
Antxon Gomez
Art Director
Esther Garcia
Executive Producer
Miguel Rejas
Sound/Sound Designer
Joaquin Manchado
Camera Operator
Paco Delgado
Pepe Juez
Hair Styles
Ana Lozano
Jean-Paul Gaultier