Entre tinieblas (Dark Habits). 1983. Spain. Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. With Cristina Sánchez Pascual, Julieta Serrano, Marisa Paredes, Carmen Maura, Lina Canalejas, Chus Lampreave, Mary Carrillo. DCP. In Spanish; English subtitles. 114 min.
Following his lover’s fatal drug overdose, Yolanda (Cristina S. Pascual), a bolero singer and drug addict, seeks refuge in the Convent of Humble Redeemers, an enclosure dedicated to the rescue of wayward women with a past in drugs, prostitution, and murder. No redemption is in sight as this haphazardly run convent turns out to house a kitsch collection of vices and sins involving heroin, LSD, a tiger, and erotic books. Frequent visits by old lovers and police officers also turn this house of worship into an ultimate farce.