Pain and Glory
Revered filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar reunites with actor Antonio Banderas, following their previous highly successful collaborations (The Skin I Live In), in this personal and moving film. Filmmaker Salvador Mallo (Banderas, in one of his very finest performances) is suffering from a range of health issues and finds himself in a creative rut. He lacks the physical strength to direct a film, and this inability to create makes him more depressed. This artistic limbo leads Salvador to reflect on his childhood (raised in poverty by his doting mother - a superb Penelope Cruz), his lovers, films and past glories. Almodovar’s latest masterpiece, full of life’s small yet absurd moments and exquisite styling, which clearly riffs on his own life, is ultimately a gorgeous reflection on cinema, art, family and love.