Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria)


Sequoia 2 Tue, Oct 8, 2019 2:30 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
¡Viva el Cine!
Running Time:113 min.
Director:Pedro Almodóvar
Producer:Agustín Almodóvar
Ricardo Marco Budé
Esther García
Ignacio Salazar-Simpson
Screenwriter:Pedro Almodóvar
Cinematographer:José Luis Alcaine
Editor:Teresa Font
Cast:Antonio Banderas
Penélope Cruz
Asier Etxeandia
Leonardo Sbaraglia
Nora Navas
Julieta Serrano
Cecilia Roth
Raúl Arévalo
Print Source:Sony Pictures Classics
Note Writer:Tim Grierson


Con alusiones al de Fellini, Pedro Almodóvar, dos veces ganador del Oscar, toma una mirada reflexiva y contemplativa de su carrera de cuarenta años a través de los ojos de Salvador Mallo, un cineasta que fue muy querido y se encuentra en una depresión creativa. En una de sus mejores actuaciones, Antonio Banderas encarna completamente al artista mientras reflexiona sobre su vida y carrera en busca de la redención.


Cinema has no shortage of movies about filmmakers looking back on their life and work, but few are as profoundly bittersweet as Pain and Glory, two-time Oscar® winner Pedro Almodóvar’s greatest film in years. Almodóvar veteran Antonio Banderas won the Best Actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his career-defining performance as Salvador Mallo, a famed director who suspects his best years are behind him. What follows is a lovely, poignant, and sometimes pointed series of reminiscences as Salvador reexamines the crucial moments and individuals—including his adoring mother in a terrific turn from another Almodóvar regular, Penélope Cruz—that defined him. Drawing comparisons to reflexive masterpieces such as Fellini’s , Pain and Glory wrestles with big picture quandaries about the nature of art and the artist, while remaining deeply personal and candid. Salvador may be faltering, but the same certainly can’t be said for the two artists marvelously bringing him to life onscreen while at the top of their game.

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After honing his craft from 1972 to 1978 making short films, Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar made his feature debut with Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom (1980). Among the features that followed are Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988); Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down (1989); Talk to Her (2002), winner of a Best Original Screenplay Oscar®; Volver (2006), winner of Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival; and Julieta (2016). Pain and Glory (2017) completes a trilogy that includes Law of Desire (1987), winner of the Teddy at the Berlin International Film Festival, and Bad Education (2004).