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Pain & Glory (2019)

Dolor y gloria (original title)
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A film director reflects on the choices he's made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.

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Pedro Almodóvar
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Credited cast:
Penélope Cruz ... Jacinta
Antonio Banderas ... Salvador Mallo
Asier Etxeandia ... Alberto Crespo
Leonardo Sbaraglia ... Federico
Raúl Arévalo ... Padre
Nora Navas ... Mercedes
Cecilia Roth ... Zulema
Julián López ... Presentador
Eva Martín ... Radióloga
Rosalía ... Rosita
Pedro Casablanc ... Dr. Galindo
Julieta Serrano ... Madre
César Vicente César Vicente ... Albañil
Susi Sánchez ... Beata
Agustín Almodóvar ... Sacerdote
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A film director reflects on the choices he's made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.

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Spain

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Spanish

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22 March 2019 (Spain) See more »

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Ból i blask See more »

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Julieta Serrano's first collaboration with Pedro Almodóvar in almost thirty years. They had previously worked together on many of his 1980s films: Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom (1980), Dark Habits (1983), Matador (1986), Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989) and, most famously, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988). See more »

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Cómo pudiste hacerme esto a mí
Written by Carlos García Berlanga and Nacho Canut
Performed by Alaska y Dinarama
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One of Almodovar's best
10 April 2019 | by birthdaynoodleSee all my reviews

Less bombastic than some of his previous work (which I also love, by the way), this film is bittersweet and shows the maturity of a director that's been around and seen it all, someone who's experienced both pain and glory and is asking himself what's next in life. In this partly autobiographical narrative, his most personal so far, Almodovar expresses some frustration with aging and with loneliness, but also his appreciation for the path that he's had the privilege to make for himself and continues to work on, and the people who are important to him. He succeeds in exploring nostalgia without succumbing to sappiness. If anything, Almodovar's senses and craft are sharper than ever. He's able to be critical and loving at the same time. I like how has evolved through the decades and that he keeps experimenting with different styles of storytelling. Antonio Banderas' award-worthy performance as the director's alter ego is understated, yet bold. Almodovar said in an interview that the choice was obvious, as Banderas is to him what Marcello Mastroianni was to Federico Fellini. And indeed there are some similarities between this film and '8 1/2': both films deal with the creative process. But whereas Fellini approaches the topic as a gladiator confronting obstacles with whip in hand, Almodovar is more low key and seems to point to tenderness as his weapon of choice.


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