Pedro Almodóvar at his best. Pain and Glory tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a fictional film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, 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. With Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz.
“Pain and Glory can be achingly sad, but its pleasures, rainbow hues and humor keep it (and you) aloft.” — Manohla Dargis, New York Times
“There is something thrilling, not dulled, in the very honesty of the film, and in the vigor with which feelings, expressed at any age, can strike us like a slap in the face.” — Anthony Lane, New Yorker
“Everything about Pain and Glory is awake and alive, and Almodóvar’s nerve endings become ours, too.” — Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine
Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas