NC-17 | | Crime, Drama
An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.
According to reports, Gael García Bernal suffered under Pedro Almodóvar's directorial method, apparently putting immense pressure on him, to the point where the actor ended up "crying in the halls", and in need of the whole production to pause for one whole week for Bernal to recover from stress.
I think I've just lost my faith at this moment, so I no longer believe in God or hell. As I don't believe in hell, I'm not afraid. And without fear I'm capable of anything.
When Burenguer declines Ignacio's story over the phone, he says that he wouldn't be accepting it for "Short Stories of the 80's". According to his story, it would have had to been at least 1977, three years before the '80s let alone before a compilation of stories from the '80s would be released.
An R-rated version of the film that trims or cuts some scenes was released on DVD, though the original NC-17 one is also available in the exact same format.
$147,370 21 November 2004