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Pain and Glory

Dolor y gloria

Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas star in one of Almodóvar’s most personal works.

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Spain 2019
Dir Pedro Almodóvar
With Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Asier Etxeandia
113min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate 15
A Pathé-Twentieth Century Fox release

Director Salvador Mallo (Banderas at his very best) is so preoccupied by various physiological and psychological ailments that he’s put his career on hold. Then a retrospective of his work leads him not only to remember his past, but to contact the long-estranged lead actor of an early seminal work... a troubled reunion with unexpected, fateful consequences. Almodóvar, who also wrote the screenplay, is here at his most mature and reflective, exploring the lore of desire, creativity, addiction and memory through a single, somewhat self-centred character. Bold in its narrative structure, restrained yet expressive in its colours and compositions, and with intense, naturalistic performances, this is exemplary film artistry.

Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

The preview screening on Friday 9 August will feature a Q&A with director Pedro Almodóvar.

See our screenings of All About My Mother.


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