Pain and Glory

Pain and Glory

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Pain and Glory

Pedro Almodóvar reunites with Antonio Banderas (who scored Best Actor for this role at Cannes 2019) and Penélope Cruz in a reflection on cinema, art, family, love and sexual awakening.

"Banderas, in one of his very finest performances, plays Salvador Mallo, who has a fair few things in common with Pedro Almodóvar. Suffering from a range of health issues, Salvador finds himself in a creative rut. He lacks the physical strength to make a film, and this inability to create makes him more depressed. This artistic limbo leads Salvador to reflect on his life, his loves and his films. Pain and Glory goes back in time to Salvador’s childhood, where he was raised, in poverty, in a cave modelled into a house by his doting mother (Cruz). In the present, a reunion with an actor he has long been estranged from leads to an addiction to heroin. Amidst the pain, there are thoughts of past glories, and those hopefully to come, in a film that arrives at a resolute position of hope." (Sydney Film Festival)

Best Actor (Banderas) and Best Composer (Alberto Iglesias), Cannes 2019
2019Rating: MA15+, Strong drug use and brief nudity113 minsSpainSpanish with English subtitles
DramaWorld CinemaFestival & Independent
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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

A masterful, melancholy, tender, lacerating self-examination, filled with colour and light and the ghosts of those he has loved. Almodovar at 70, and perhaps astonishing to himself, continues to grow.

4.0
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Stuff

Stuff

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Pain and Glory is a beautiful film. It is savagely funny at times, achingly melancholic at others. If you are a fan of Almodovar already, just know that this is one of his strongest films of the last decade at least.

5.0
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Variety

Variety

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A mature work of meticulously tuned meta-fiction...

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

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Everything about Pain and Glory is awake and alive, and Almodóvar's nerve endings become ours, too.

2
The Times

The Times

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The hangdog expression is riven with pain, and [Banderas] plays Mallo as emotionally cauterised yet beneath it all still desperate to connect, to love and to make more films.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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There is something incomplete or unfinished in this work, but perhaps this simply represents the condition of life itself. Pain and Glory leaves you with a sweet sadness, but a sharp appetite for the next film.

4.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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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.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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However loosely "Pain and Glory" may play with the facts, it never feels less than truthful.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Indeed watching the film, which is more about pain than glory, sometimes feels a little too much like a couple of hours in the company of your ailing, aged aunt: You feel her pain, but you wish she wouldn't go on about it so much.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

A masterful, melancholy, tender, lacerating self-examination, filled with colour and light and the ghosts of those he has loved. Almodovar at 70, and perhaps astonishing to himself, continues to grow.

4.0
1
Stuff

Stuff

press

Pain and Glory is a beautiful film. It is savagely funny at times, achingly melancholic at others. If you are a fan of Almodovar already, just know that this is one of his strongest films of the last decade at least.

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A mature work of meticulously tuned meta-fiction...

0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Everything about Pain and Glory is awake and alive, and Almodóvar's nerve endings become ours, too.

2
The Times

The Times

press

The hangdog expression is riven with pain, and [Banderas] plays Mallo as emotionally cauterised yet beneath it all still desperate to connect, to love and to make more films.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

There is something incomplete or unfinished in this work, but perhaps this simply represents the condition of life itself. Pain and Glory leaves you with a sweet sadness, but a sharp appetite for the next film.

4.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

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.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

However loosely "Pain and Glory" may play with the facts, it never feels less than truthful.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Indeed watching the film, which is more about pain than glory, sometimes feels a little too much like a couple of hours in the company of your ailing, aged aunt: You feel her pain, but you wish she wouldn't go on about it so much.

0

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