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Pain & Glory
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Pain & Glory - Movie Synopsis & Plot

PAIN & GLORY tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered. First loves, second loves, his mother, mortality, an actor with whom the director worked, the sixties, the eighties, the present and the emptiness, the immeasurable emptiness at the impossibility of continuing to film. PAIN & GLORY talks about creation, about the difficulty of separating it from one’s own life and about the passions that give it meaning and hope. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation.

MOVIE REVIEW

From Pedro Almodóvar comes Pain & Glory, a beautifully crafted but tediously dull drama about a physically and mentally crippled man who is able to rediscover a path forward by opening up about his past. Antonio Banderas is terrific, but his performance is not enough to save the movie from its own seemingly lack of focus and disinterest in carrying the story forward in a fulfilling way.
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