Pain & Glory 15

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This film was last shown on 3 October 2019

Prolific Spanish writer-director Pedro Almodóvar returns with his 21st feature, a sensitive, semi-autobiographical drama with career-best performances from regular collaborators Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.

Salvador Mallo (Banderas), a veteran film director, finds himself reckoning with his own physical and mental decline. During this period of his life, he recalls experiences from his past: growing up in the ‘60s, the feeling of his first desire, the pains of heartbreak, the discovery of cinema.

In this evocative and intensely personal film, one of cinema’s greatest modern auteurs invites us on his journey of self-reflection, through the passions and pleasures of creation.


Pedro Almodóvar
1 hour 53 minutes
Antonio Banderas, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Penelope Cruz


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