Pain and Glory

Dir: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas
113mins   2019   Spain   15   Spanish    Subtitled   

A series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity; the first desire; his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s; the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense; the early discovery of cinema; and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films.

In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation.