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Pain and Glory (2019)Pain and Glory (2019)

Pain and Glory (2019)

Pedro Almodóvar's life story

Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

8.7

movie

Spain

Spanish

A-list actors, Emotional, Romantic

2019

Pedro Almodóvar

Agustín Almodóvar, Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia

114 min

Synopsis

Salvador Mallo, a filmmaker in the twilight of his career, remembers his life: his mother, his lovers, the actors he worked with. The sixties in a small village in Valencia, the eighties in Madrid, the present, when he feels an immeasurable emptiness, facing his mortality, the incapability of continuing filming, the impossibility of separating creation from his own life. The need of narrating his past can be his salvation.

Our Take

8.7
Bilal Zouheir

This is the latest Oscar-nominated movie by Spain’s highest-regarded director, Pedro Almodóvar. It’s his most personal work to date, being a slightly fictionalized account of his youth and then the last couple of years. He is mostly portrayed by Antonio Banderas, who was also nominated for an Oscar for this role; while another star performance comes from Penélope Cruz who plays his mother in the flashback scenes. Pain and Glory is about life in the arts: how a tormented artistic personality is formed, the days of focusing on work over relationships, and dealing with the consequences later in life. It begs the question: in Almodóvar’s life, was the glory that got him to making as great of a movie as this one worth the pain?

Comments

N
Nakayama

I usually love Almodovar but this one was a miss. Even the great ones miss. The story is full of gaps, the movie is monotonous and slow. Too much dialogue too.

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