Pain and Glory

Best Actor
Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Soundtrack Award
Cannes Film Festival
Palme d’Or
Cannes Film Festival

Sublime...'Pain and Glory' can be achingly sad, but its pleasures, rainbow hues and humor keep it (and you) aloft.


Pain and Glory

Pain and Glory tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in physical decline. Some of the reencounters happen in the flesh, while others are 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.

Drama, Festival Favorite, Auteur Cinema, LGBT
Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Penélope Cruz
Winner, Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival
Winner, Cannes Soundtrack Award, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee, Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee, Queer Palm, Cannes Film Festival
Winner, Best Foreign Language Film, Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Winner, Best Actor, Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Academy Awards
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

A surprise in all ways except its surpassing quality, “Pain and Glory” reveals master Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar forging dazzling new paths while being completely himself. Dramatic rather than melodramatic, autobiographical but only around the edges, using Antonio Banderas in unexpected ways ...

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