Pain and Glory

Pain and Glory (15)

Pain and Glory is Spanish director Pedro Almodovar’s most personal film yet. Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas) is a filmmaker and a man in professional and physical decline, whose ailments have made him a near-recluse. An unexpected meeting with an actor from one of his old films prompts him to unpack old memories about his childhood, his first romance, sexual awakening, family and his love of cinema, and feel the stirrings of a return back to life.

This is Almodovar’s most personal film to date and one that reunites him with two of his favourite collaborators, Antonia Banderas and Penelope Cruz. Banderas’ career-best performance has already won awards and may yet gather more as the 2019 awards season kicks off. This is also Almodovar’s best work in years, both confessional and moving and we’re delighted to be showing it as part of our Winter programme.

Friday, March 27th 2020
Doors open at 7pm
Film starts at 7.30pm
Director: Pedro Almodovar

Spanish with English subtitles
Year: 2019
Certificate: 15
Running time: 1 hour 42 minutes  
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And the critics say…

“Everything about Pain and Glory is awake and alive, and Almodóvar’s nerve endings become ours, too.” Stephanie Zacharek,  Time magazine

“A masterful, melancholy, tender, lacerating self-examination, filled with colour and light and the ghosts of those he has loved. Almodovar at 70, and perhaps astonishing to himself, continues to grow.” Paul Byrnes,  Sydney Morning Herald

“Pain and Glory is anchored in a terrific performance by Banderas: minimal gestures and economical conversations give little away. As such, the mysteries of the past unfold delicately over the course of the film.” Maria Delgado, Sight and Sound