2019/ cert 15/ 113 mins/ Drama
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast includes: Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Penélope Cruz, Leonardo Sbaraglia
'Pain And Glory' tells of a series of re-encounters experienced by Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas), a film director in his 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 and writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable; his early discovery of cinema; and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity for him 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.