Pain and Glory
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Pain and Glory

January 31

Pedro Almodóvar cuts straight to the heart with his intensely personal portrait of an aging director (Antonio Banderas) whose sudden creative block provokes a midlife reckoning.

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Antonio Banderas deservedly won the Best Actor award at this year's Cannes Film Festival for his miraculous, internalized portrayal of Salvador Mallo, a director not too subtly modeled on Almodóvar himself. Growing health problems—including tinnitus, migraines and spinal pain—and creative block have initiated a midlife reckoning and reflection.

Moving in and out of time, evoking Salvador's childhood in the 1960s (featuring Penélope Cruz as his doting mother), his years of triumph in the eighties, and present-day Madrid, where he navigates new artistic challenges, Pain and Glory is both a moving summative statement on a career and an indication of more brilliant things to come. D: Pedro Almodóvar, Spain, subtitled, 2019

Nominated for two Academy Awards for Best International Feature and Best Actor (Antonio Banderas).

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

“The movie is as visually striking as any Almodóvar has made, but its agonies are tempered, its regrets hushed, its restraint powerful.”

New York Times

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