pain and glory pedro almodovar

Pain and Glory

Nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor 2020 - Antonio Banderas

Palme d’Or 2019. Pedro Almodóvar.


Biographical drama (2019) - Spain


Pain and Glory tells of a series of
re -encounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline.Some of them in the flesh, others remembered:his childhood in the 60’s,when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity.


Pedro Almodovar


Pedro Almodovar (screenplay)


Antonio Banderas, Asier Exteandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia


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Rating - 7.5


Rating - 91%

As ever, Almodóvar has made a film about pleasure, which is itself a pleasure: witty, intelligent and sensuous. It is about love, memory, art, mothers, lovers and most of all it is about itself, which in the hands of a lesser director would be dismayingly indulgent. But Almodóvar is a master of self-reference and intertextuality: the film within a film, the story within a story, the dream within a dream. Almodóvar operates on a kind of internal combustion engine of creativity and I felt that this movie was running so smoothly and so seductively that it could have gone on for another five hours.

Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian