Pain and Glory

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Pain and 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: 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, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. Pain and 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.


  • Antonio Banderas
  • Asier Etxeandia
  • Leonardo Sbaraglia
  • Nora Navas
  • Julieta Serrano
  • César Vicente
  • Asier Flores
  • Penélope Cruz
  • Cecilia Roth
  • Susi Sánchez

Atom User Reviews

Verified Review

Almodovar creates an absolutely beautiful story about a man who is coming to terms with his older self. Wonderfully written and very inspired acting. Antonio Banderas and the entire cast were marvelous!

Corey G
Verified Review

but it is very slow moving. loved the apartment

joan M


May 22, 2019

The film is one of the most meditative of Almodóvar’s career. ... It makes for less energetic and, yes, less exciting filmmaking. But “Pain and Glory” is a beautiful meditation on past and present, a memory piece that will nourish rather than provoke.

Metacritic review by Steve Pond
Steve Pond
May 17, 2019

The effect is a patchwork rather than an interwoven whole; the wistfully self-reflexive tone will appeal to fans of the less emphatic, more meditative end of the Almodovar spectrum.

Wendy Ide
Screen Daily