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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  • Pain and Glory is Almodóvar's best work for years, marvellously framed and composed, comparatively restrained for him, hugely enjoyable moment by moment.

    May 21, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Pain and Glory, the filmmaker's best and most personal movie in years, brings him back to mortal terrain.

    May 20, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    Top Critic
  • Everything about Pain and Glory is awake and alive, and Almodóvar's nerve endings become ours, too.

    May 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The hangdog expression is riven with pain, and [Banderas] plays Mallo as emotionally cauterised yet beneath it all still desperate to connect, to love and to make more films.

    May 19, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • But unless you view Pain and Glory through a filter of deep affection for Almodóvar, you will see it as minor work: not painful, but not glorious, either.

    May 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There's plenty to admire, including the lead performance.

    May 19, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
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