Pain and Glory



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  • Pain and Glory

    While far from a Pedro Almodovar completist, his 80s ensemble melodramas were fairly essential viewing for those of us with an interest in the cinema. Personally, the manic heightened tone was always a mixed bag and I hadn't kept up with his later period stuff.

    Pain and Glory is similarly uneven but in a low-key, reflective way. Presumably autobiographical in a way that his other films have not been, Antonio Banderas plays a Spanish film director whose various physical and mental ailments have left him creatively blocked and at a career standstill now approaching 60. between making amends with past collaborators and picking up a casual heroin habit to self-medicate, Salvador spends the weeks of this story reflecting back on his youth, his mother, and the conspiracy of those events that led him to his current state. Between this, QT's Once Upon a Time, and Scorsese's The Irishman, directors contemplating the arc of their lives and works at the later stages seems to be in the air this season.

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    Re: Pain and Glory

    I loved this film. I didn't mind that it's rather slow moving - it fit the contemplative subject matter. It's about aging, moving with greater deliberateness, assessing one's life and lost opportunities. I found it very sad, but in a good, haunting way. I'm a huge Almodovar fan and I thought that "Julieta,- his film of a few years ago, was profoundly affecting. He's always unpredictable and the visual look of his films is unique.

    This film is not for everyone, but if you're an Almodovar fan, it's a must see.

    Late Night Writer