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Pain and Glory Rated 15

Pain and Glory

Dir. Pedro Almodóvar. Spain, 2019. 1h 53m. Spanish/subs. Starring Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas, Cecilia Roth, Raúl Arévalo.

The past and present come crashing down around an ageing Spanish filmmaker. With his glory days seemingly long behind him, he reflects on his career. Life meets art in this deeply sensuous and introspective drama from critically-acclaimed auteur Pedro Almodóvar, starring a soulful career-best performance by Antonio Banderas.

‘An exquisite, soulful self-portrait. A work of staggering breadth and clarity ripped from the heart of its peerless maker.’ ★★★★★ Adam Woodward, Little White Lies

‘Pain and Glory, the filmmaker's best and most personal movie in years, brings him back to mortal terrain.’ ★★★★★ Eric Kohn, IndieWire