• Film ID:
  • 20613
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=108 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • Spain.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • Spanish.
PAIN AND GLORY (2019)
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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.
As Salvador (exquisitely played by Antonio Banderas) says in the movie "A great actor is not the one who cries, but the one who knows how to contain the tears" and I think that describes the movie perfectly, you feel the pain in every scene but never get the chance to let that emotion overcome, it's a beautiful and raw portrayal of life in a way we've never seen Almodóvar do before, the film breathes a diaphanous simplicity and spontaneity, far from what we're used to see from the filmmaker. Every aspect of this movie felt very personal and intimate, almost like reading someone's diary while it's being written or someone sharing a part of their soul, I'm sure this movie wasn't easy to make. This is a story about pain, sadness, solitude, self discovery, forgiveness and regret but most of all, it's a movie about overcoming and I honestly feel this is one of his best works in recent years.

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