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Pain and Glory

Dolor y Gloria

Pedro Almodóvar makes a triumphant return with this teasingly autobiographical and ultimately moving portrait of a director in crisis.

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Dir-Scr Pedro Almodóvar
Prod Agustín Almodóvar
With Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Penélope Cruz

Antonio Banderas plays Salvador Mallo, a once-fêted film director who is racked by pain and suffering from severe writer’s block. In crisis, he is forced to review his life and art. Things are brought to a head when a film festival suggests Salvador reunite with the troubled actor from one of his most beloved films. But his encounter with the actor, an unrepentant but angst-ridden heroin-addict, prompts its own crisis of emotions and memories. A beautifully shot and compelling drama, it finds Almodóvar deftly weaving strands of a complex life into a meditation on creativity, love, memory and how life is lived. Banderas gives a spectacular performance and this is a must for admirers of Almodóvar.

Brian Robinson

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