Pain & Glory Captures Old Age

 In Drama, Everything, Recommended
Pain & Glory

The review:

Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory reminded me how few movies there are about the realities of aging. Antonio Banderas captures a director hamstrung by pain* and flashbacks give insight into different areas of his life. It’s a wish fulfillment movie,** and when carried out with Almodóvar’s excellent use of color and interesting settings past and present*** made for an excellent film.

The verdict: Recommended

Cost: $5.99 via Google Play
Where watched: at home

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Further sentences:

*Both physical and mental. Banderas’s stiff movements—watch how he carefully eases himself into a cab—hint at how difficult basic functions are; his eyes capture the loss that comes with a long life.
**There were a few too many conincidences to be believable.
***I loved the cave, the director’s apartment, and even Alberto Crespo’s backyard was beautiful to look at.


  • Do you think Salvador Mallo’s (Antonio Banderas) response to pain was reasonable
  • Would you ever live in a cave?

Favorite IMDB trivia item:

As usual, Agustín Almodóvar, Pedro’s brother and producer of the movie, makes a cameo. In this case, as a teacher and priest in a flashback, when Antonio Banderas’ character is a small boy.

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  • Boyfriend Matt

    Cave living is a last resort.

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