Pain and Glory
Location la: Redstone Theater
Dir. Pedro Almodovar. 2019, 113 mins. DCP. In Spanish with English subtitles. With Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas, Julieta Serrano, Penélope Cruz. An aging film director enduring physical decline and spiritual crises, Salvador Mallo (Banderas) has come to a crossroads in his life and career. Recollections of his childhood in the 1960s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia are interwoven with a present-day reunion with his first adult love, whom he met in the Madrid of the ‘80s, and with attempts to reconcile with the star of one of his most acclaimed films, a junkie whose strategies of self-medicating suddenly seem as valid as any of the above-board attempts at addressing his myriad pains. Depressed, creatively blocked, and a bit out of control, Salvador is Almodovar’s provocatively semi-autobiographical creation, given life thanks to Antonio Banderas’s uncanny, immeasurably moving, Cannes-winning portrayal.
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