A deeply personal work from one of the world’s foremost filmmakers, Pain and Glory is pure Almodóvar: inventive and irreverent, poignant and exhilarating. Oscar-nominated for Best International Feature and Best Actor, the Spanish auteur’s Felliniesque 21st feature chronicles existential odyssey of a filmmaker confronting the autumn of his life. Afflicted with creative stagnancy and a cluster of physical ailments, Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas, winner of Best Actor at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival) finds himself drifting into uncharted waters when a revival screening of his controversial classic Sabor unexpectedly floods his humdrum life with a colorful series of old friends, new vices and rediscovered memories. Moving in and out of time, evoking Salvador’s childhood in the sixties (featuring Penélope Cruz as his doting mother); his years of triumph in the eighties; and present-day Madrid, where he navigates new artistic challenges, Pain and Glory is both a moving summative statement on a career and an indication of more brilliant things to come.
Director Pedro Almodóvar | 2019 | In Spanish with English subtitles | 113 minutes | R (for drug use, some graphic nudity and language) | DCP