Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria)

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Pain and Glory finds writer-director Pedro Almodóvar drawing on his own life to rewarding effect -- and honoring his craft as only a master filmmaker can.



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Verified Ratings: 52
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Pain and Glory tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, 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, the 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.


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  • Emotions and eye-popping colors tell the director's deeply personal story, with Antonio Banderas front and center.

    Oct 11, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie's expressive moments-and there are many-are largely uprooted, decontextualized, and dematerialized, planted like index cards rather than allowed to unfold and to develop.

    Oct 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "Pain and Glory," all about healing rifts and rejoining life, is personal and universal. It's also simple in a way that's incandescent - suffused by a strange and beautiful gentleness of spirit.

    Oct 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The colors alone will inspire doctoral dissertations.

    Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    Top Critic
  • Pain and Glory is at once the gentlest and most emotionally naked movie Pedro Almodóvar has ever made.

    Oct 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Painful for sure, but glorious too, Pain and Glory is Spanish wunderkind Pedro Almodóvar's best and most moving film in years-a brave and wrenching self-portrait of an aging artist under the siege of age and the fear of death.

    Oct 4, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic

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