Pain and Glory

Pedro Almodóvar (2019)

Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Penélope Cruz Rated 15 Run time 108 mins

Plagued by health issues romantic recluse Salvador Mallo is forced to reconnect and revisit his past personal and professional life as SABOR a film from his early career is prepared for re-release. The style and vibrancy of the sets and cinematography provide both a reflection of his past life and stark contrast to the depression he now struggles with.

Largely based on Almodóvar’s own life and featuring a great performance from Antonio Banderas, it is interesting to consider the autobiographical nature of this film as the bittersweet story of a master director at the twilight of his career reflecting on his past unfolds in front of us.

97% – Rotten Tomatoes
7.6 – IMDB

“While still embracing the visual facades that make his films such a pleasure to watch, Pain and Glory finds him stripping away the emotional facades, bringing us closer to him than ever before.”

“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.”

Film review: Bittersweet perfection from Pedro Almodovar – The Guardian