Pedro Almodóvar reunites with Antonio Banderas (who scored Best Actor for this role at Cannes 2019) and Penélope Cruz in a reflection on cinema, art, family, love and sexual awakening.

Pain and Glory tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. Pain and Glory talks about creation, about the difficulty of separating it from one's own life and about the passions that give it meaning and hope. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar ('Talk to Her', 'Women on the Verge of A Nervous Breakdown', 'Volver')
Writer: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Antonio Banderas. Penélope Cruz. Leonardo Sbaraglia. Asier Etxeandia. Cecilia Roth. Raúl Arévalo. Nora Navas. Julieta Serrano
2019 Rating: M, for drug use, some graphic nudity and language. 113 mins Spain Spanish with English subtitles

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Pain & Glory