Pain and Glory
Pedro Almodovar focuses on how a film director’s past and present come crashing down.
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast includes: Antonio Banderas, Nora Navas, Penelope Cruz
112 Mins / 2019 / Spain, France / Subtitles
Pain and Glory tells of a series of re-encounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, (Antonio Banderas), a film director in physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films.
Pain and Glory talks about creation, about the difficulty of separating it from one's own life and about the passions that give it meaning and hope. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation.
“Pain and Glory is an autumnal film in a ruminative minor key, with more pain than glory – although glory does make a late resurgence” – The Guardian
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