Dark Habits (1983)

Director
Pedro Almodóvar

Main cast
Cristina Sánchez Pascual; Julieta Serrano; Marisa Paredes; Lina Canalejas; Carmen Maura

Genres
Drama, Comedy

Description
A nightclub singer seeks refuge with gay nuns on dope in a Madrid convent.


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