Pain and Glory

Release Date: October 4th, 2019

R |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

PAIN AND GLORY tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his 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 ones 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.e as past and present come crashing down around him.

Cast: Antonio Banderas , Penélope Cruz , Asier Etxeandia , Julieta Serrano , Nora Navas , Leonardo Sbaraglia

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Genres: Drama

Production Co: El Deseo,Canal+,Ciné+,Radio Televisión Española (RTVE)

Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    It’s unlikely to be remembered with any great fondness by all but Almodovar diehards, its self-regarding inwardness suggesting that he’s struggling, as his hero is here, to find something new to say. show more

  • 60
    Wendy IdeScreen International

    The effect is a patchwork rather than an interwoven whole; the wistfully self-reflexive tone will appeal to fans of the less emphatic, more meditative end of the Almodovar spectrum. show more

  • 92
    Steve PondTheWrap

    The film is one of the most meditative of Almodóvar’s career. ... It makes for less energetic and, yes, less exciting filmmaking. But “Pain and Glory” is a beautiful meditation on past and present, a memory piece that will nourish rather than provoke. show more

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