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Movie Review – Pain and Glory (2019)

Pain and Glory, 2019.

Directed by Pedro Almodovar.

Starring Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Penélope Cruz, Leonardo Sbaraglia, César Vicente, Asier Flores, Nora Navas, Julieta Serrano and Raúl Arévalo.


A legendary director, Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas) reflects on his distinguished life and career, taking in relationships with his mother (Penélope Cruz), problematic leading men (Asier Etxeandia), and former lovers.

This deeply personal and intimate existential character study could only be the work of someone who has experienced the kind of career at the big-beating heart of the narrative. Step forward Pedro Almodovar, he of the ground-breaking All About My Mother, absurd I’m So Excited, and truly astounding The Skin I Live In, can now add this sumptuous fable to his own impressive cinematic achievements, and when taking stock like his central character, be a film he can be extremely proud of.

A tale of a life well lived, we’re

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