Pain and Glory

1hr 53mins
Directed by
Pedro Almodóvar
Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Penélope Cruz, Julieta Serrano
Film Language

Nominated for two Academy Awards!

Pain and Glory tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, his first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films.

Pain and Glory talks about creation, about the difficulty of separating it from one’s own life, and about the passions that give it meaning and hope. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation.

Review Text

CRITIC'S PICK: Pain and Glory can be achingly sad, but its pleasures, rainbow hues and humor keep it (and you) aloft.

Review Author
Manohla Dargis
Review Publication
New York Times
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Pain and Glory reveals master Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar forging dazzling new paths while being completely himself.

Review Author
Kenneth Turan
Review Publication
LA Times
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Pain and Glory is at once the gentlest and most emotionally naked movie Pedro Almodóvar has ever made.

Review Author
Bilge Ebiri
Review Publication
New York Magazine

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