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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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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All Critics (255) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (247) | Rotten (8)

  • Almodóvar shows us that, even after nearly two dozen features over several decades, he can still hold an audience in his hand - and surprise it.

    Nov 6, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Antonio Banderas gives his best, most committed performance in years as a film director looking back over his life in "Pain and Glory," a typically rich, layered film from director Pedro Almodóvar.

    Oct 24, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • There's plenty of artfulness on display in the intertwining of life and what gets made of it, but also a fair helping of artifice. Art imitating life, but also improving it a bit.

    Oct 18, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • "Pain and Glory" stays with you, and grows richer with reflection.

    Oct 17, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's one more example here of Almodóvar's ability to take pairs - not just people, but concepts (like, say, present and past, or pain and glory) - and happily join them.

    Oct 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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