Preview: Pain and Glory
+ Q&A with director Pedro Almodóvar
Dolor y gloria
Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas star in one of Almodóvar’s most personal works.
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Dir Pedro Almodóvar
With Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Asier Etxeandia
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
Tickets £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less)