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Pain and Glory

(Rated MA15+)

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"If you don't write or film, what will you do?"

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Overview

Academy Award-winning director Pedro Almodóvar (Volver, All About My Mother) goes gorgeously autobiographical with Pain and Glory, a sublime tale of desire, youth, creativity, addiction, memory and loss. A career-best Antonio Banderas stars as Salvador Mallo, a celebrated film director now in physical decline and caught at an artistic crossroads. Struck by an urgent need to recover his past after reuniting with an actor whom he once made a star decades earlier, we follow Mallo as he recalls his tumultuous childhood in ‘60s Valencia, his sexual awakening, his mother Jacinta (Penélope Cruz), his first true love in ‘80s Madrid, his life-altering discovery of cinema and the undeniable pain of having lived a life overflowing with passion.

Winner: Best Actor, 72nd Cannes Film Festival
"Almodóvar at the peak of his powers. It’s a deeply intimate experience and it’ll pierce your heart"
— Time Out
"The Spanish filmmaker’s tale of memory, regret and an aging director making peace with his past isn’t just his most personal film — it’s also one of his greatest"
— Rolling Stone
"Bittersweet perfection ... Antonio Banderas gives the performance of his career"
— The Observer
"[A] wistful extravaganza ... The director delivers another sensuous and deeply personal gem"
— The Guardian

Why You Should See This Film

Winner of Best Actor at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Pain and Glory is a stunning reunification of Almodóvar and his former muse Antonio Banderas. Deeply personal without ever sacrificing the director's trademark sensuality and biting wit, the film is deliciously meta, sumptuously filmed and combines the talents of Almodóvar regulars like Cruz, Cecilia Roth and Julieta Serrano. As a meditation on art-making in one's twilight years, Pain and Glory proves that this legend of Spanish cinema is far from finished.

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  • Year: 2019
  • Rating: MA15+
  • Director: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Cast: Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandía
  • Duration: 113 minutes
  • Language: Spanish with English subtitles
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