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Pain and Glory(Dolor y gloria)

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Spain

2019

Rated R • 1h 54m

Director Pedro Almodóvar

Starring Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas

Genre Drama

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Aging film director Salvador Mallo battles chronic pain. When a cinema in Madrid hosts a screening of one of his first films, he reconnects with one of the actors and starts using heroin for his pain. This begins a journey where Salvador remembers and works to come to terms with his childhood in the country and his early days in Madrid.

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Hannah Benson Profile picture for Hannah Benson

Antonio Banderas is truly amazing in this film! Another beautiful film about memory, family, and creativity from Almodóvar.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

60

The Hollywood Reporter by

It’s unlikely to be remembered with any great fondness by all but Almodovar diehards, its self-regarding inwardness suggesting that he’s struggling, as his hero is here, to find something new to say.
91

The Film Stage by Ed Frankl

This is an especially personal work, anchored by the director’s on-off muse Antonio Banderas in perhaps his greatest performance and sweeps through the Spanish maestro’s recurrent themes: high melodrama and kitsch comedy, piety and carnal lust, sex and death, human pain and transcendent glory.
90

Los Angeles Times by Justin Chang

But if the tone is more restrained, more elegiac, and lacking that signature Almodóvar outrageousness, the emotional force still knocks you sideways.
63

Slant Magazine by Sam C. Mac

Pedro Almodóvar’s latest only occasionally captures the spry, comedic rhythms and impassioned intensity of his finest work.
60

Screen Daily by Wendy Ide

The effect is a patchwork rather than an interwoven whole; the wistfully self-reflexive tone will appeal to fans of the less emphatic, more meditative end of the Almodovar spectrum.

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