Pain And Glory

Pain And Glory

DVD - 2020
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It 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Columbia (Canada), 2020.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 113 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Dec 01, 2020

I can imagine someone who has devoured all of Almadovar's oeuvre liking this movie. Anyone who hasn't will probably find his myriad of characters confusing and his obsessive mother fixation overweening.

Nov 11, 2020

This film surprised me a bit: it wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I was very impressed with Antonio Banderas, and Penelope Cruz! I haven't seen Antonio in a role like this before: he brings a lot of emotion to his character. The last hour of this film kept my attention very well: it's a great film about the passage of time! I recommend checking this out especially if you like foreign films, and can speak Spanish!

Nov 03, 2020

The very end made me want to watch the entire movie again. That does not happen very often...

Sep 11, 2020

Tres sympatique.

Sep 03, 2020

Great cast in a well done movie about work, health, life with moving scenes.

Aug 07, 2020

Masterpiece! Poignant story, brilliant colors, sublime artworks/clothes/furniture paired with beautiful actors and actresses....this gorgeous film explores aging, broken hearts, and relationships yet still manages to entertain the viewer. Must see!!!!! ENJOY!

Aug 04, 2020

Quite good. English subtitles

Jul 26, 2020

Just a heads up...this video is not in English.

Apr 13, 2020

The closest thing to a biopic we’re ever going to see from Spanish legend Pedro Almodóvar is this absolutely delightful ode to the man and his work, told with all the usual warmth and panache. Pedro alumnus Antonio Banderas stars as Salvador Mallo (anyone up for anagrams?) a film director facing middle-age with pain both physical—a bad back has him downing analgesics by the handful—and metaphysical as he feels his artistic juices waning. Drifting back and forth from the present to his impoverished childhood, Mallo reflects on the journey his art has taken him including a failed love affair, a rocky relationship with his mother (Penélope Cruz), and the myriad choices he had to make along the way. Bright primary colours abound as well as sly references to such classics as "Law of Desire" and "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown". True to form there is a dry humour at work, a bit of drug-taking, and one or two beautiful male bodies—but in the end it’s all about love (especially of the women in one’s life) and, above all else, the pursuit of art. An endearing little ruse at the end is pure Almodóvar magic.

Mar 16, 2020

If you're a big fan of the director you'll probably like this more than we did. Much of the acting was very good, as were some of the visuals. Bits and pieces of interesting storylines, but ultimately unrewarding. Must be another of those film-student/critics movies.

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Feb 19, 2020

The choicest quotes are in IMDb, thank you! Below is the excerpt on the play Addiction (a love story) in Mirador Theater, P1 of 3:

Madrid had become a difficult arena, like bullfighters say. So we traveled a lot. Anything to get out of Madrid. The worst were the first few days. While Marcelo recovered from the cravings, I took care of him... and wrote. I don't know how, but I wrote. Marcelo was very young, the cravings were short, three, four days. Afterwards, we would go out and play like little kids. I remember Ivory Coast. Tens of strong young guys washing their clothes in the river. On car tires. The Malecón in Havana. During the day or night. Old Havana, sweetly pulsing to the rhythm of nonstop percussion. I remember Mexico City. Marcelo and I drunk, listening to Chavela Vargas sing "La Noche de mi Amor."

Feb 19, 2020

Addiction (a love story) in Mirador Theater, P2 of 3:

I want he happiness of a boat returning A thousand bells of glory ringing... The only reason for those trips was to escape Madrid. Escaping from the heroin... became my best learning experience. In those trips, I found the inspiration to write the stories that I would tell years later and the colors that would illuminate them. But we couldn't spend our lives traveling. Sooner or later, we had to come back to Madrid. And Madrid was a minefield, a dead-end street. I was desperate, I didn't know what to do. Except repeating myself. The two of us repeated ourselves for three long years.

Feb 19, 2020

Addiction (a love story) in Mirador Theater, P3 of 3:

I believed the strength of my love would defeat his addiction. But that didn't happen. Love is not enough. Love may move mountains... but it's not enough to save the person you love. Under the whitewashed wall where my childhood movies were screened, I would pray so nothing bad happened to the protagonists. But I didn't manage to do it. Not with Natalie Wood or Marilyn. Then I tried to save Marcelo and myself. If Marcelo saved himself, it was far away from me. And me, I stayed in Madrid. And film saved me.

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