A film director in the middle of a creative crisis (Antonio Banderas) reflects on the choices he’s made in life in a series of re-encounters – some physical, some remembered.

Film director Salvador Mallo’s unleashing of memories: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity; his 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 and writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable; his early discovery of cinema; and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity for him 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.

Pain and Glory (originally Dolor y gloria) is a 2019 Spanish drama film directed and written by Pedro Almodóvar. Alongside Antonio Banderas, the film also stars Penélope Cruz, Asier Etxeandia, Julieta Serrano and Leonardo Sbaraglia. It made its international debut at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where Banderas won the Best Actor award and Alberto Iglesias won for Best Soundtrack.


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25 September 2019 7:30PM

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Suitable for 15

Running Time

113 minutes + trailers