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4. "Bad Education" (2004)
Perhaps no Almodóvar film has grown for me over repeat viewings as much as this profoundly personal noir riff, which folds his sexual, religious and cinematic fascinations into one of the most formally sophisticated narratives in his oeuvre. He insists it’s not autobiographical, but that’s not to say it doesn’t reflect and refract all manner of personal experiences and philosophies: this might be his most seething, personally wounded film, yet it still has plenty of fun and games with (and within) its metafiction. The gender-bending Gael García Bernal, meanwhile, is a mercurial lead.