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Salvador Mallo is a veteran film director, afflicted by multiple ailments, the worst of which is his inability to continue filming. His physical condition doesn't allow it and, if he can't film again, his life has no meaning.
Antonio Banderas THE 33, THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER Asier Etxeandia THE BRIDE, MA MA Leonardo Sbaraglia WILD TALES Nora Navas WE ALL WANT WHAT IS BEST FOR HER Director: Pedro Almodovar JULIETA
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good "Pain and Glory” will be too episodic for some. It has a surprising structure in the way it moves through encounters in Mallo's life and his past, not always connecting the dots. But it also has cumulative power.
NY PostFull Review Very Good It's not an addiction movie, though, or a friendship film or a romance. It's a tender tale of a life lived. In flashbacks, we see stoic little Salvador (Asier Flores, already skilled) gradually figuring out that he's gay and, simultaneously, becoming a budding culture savant.
Rolling StoneFull Review Excellent The Spanish filmmaker's tale of a memory, regret and an aging director making peace with his past isn't just his most personal film — it's also one of his greatest.
The GuardianFull Review Very Good As ever, Almodóvar has made a film about pleasure, which is itself a pleasure: witty, intelligent and sensuous. It is about love, memory, art, mothers, lovers and most of all it is about itself, which in the hands of a lesser director would be dismayingly indulgent.
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