Pain and Glory

2019 | Drama | 113 minutes | Spanish with English subtitles


Spanish film director Salvador Mallo is having an emotional crisis. He has physical and mental ailments that block him from making movies. He reunites with the actor Alberto Crespo, who introduces Salvador to heroin. When taking the drug, Salvador recalls painful experiences from his earlier life: his move with his mother and father from a cave dwelling to Valencia, his love affair and breakup with Federico,  his  total addiction to heroin, and his  seeking psychiatric help. His mother, now elderly, complains about her son’s compulsion to film autobiographical films.  She also dislikes his lifestyle. She tells Salvador  he isn’t a good son. Salvador listens. This is his pain. But by apologizing and  recalling his past excruciating  experiences, he hopefully will turn his pain to glory.  

Antonio Banderas (Salvador Mallo) / Penélope Cruz (Jacinta) / Leonardo Sbaraglia (Federico) / Asier Etxeandia (Alberto Crespo)
Why Stream This Film?
Almodóvar and Banderas have a long history  this being their eighth film together. Their superb collaboration is at its peak with Pain and Glory.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 97%
  • Metacritic Score: 88
  • Cannes Film Festival: Nominated, “Palme d’Or”; Best Actor (Antonio Banderas); Best Soundtrack (Alberto Iglesias)
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Best Actor (Antonio Banderas)
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: Best Foreign Language Film; Best Actor (Antonio Banderas)
  • TIME Magazine: Best Film of the Year

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Almodóvar has never shied away from telling his own stories, particularly about the women in his life, but there’s a poignancy to the way he approaches it here that he hasn’t really reached before.
Brian Tallerico

In PAIN and GLORY the director delivers another sensuous and deeply personal gem as Antonio Banderas’s aging filmmaker faces up to death.
Peter Bradshaw

The Guardian

Few directors tell large-scale stories with as much sensitivity as Cuarón. In ROMA he refined his style of marshaling various narrative strategies, including cinematic spectacle.  He uses both intimacy and monumentality to express the depths of ordinary life.
Manohla Dargis

The New York Times

Gathering his obsessions together like old friends, Pedro Almodóvar has made one of his richest and most sombre films yet.
Anthony Lane

The New Yorker

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