Pedro Almodóvar - Pain and Glory, 2019.

After Julieta, released in 2016, it is now the turn of Pain and Glory. Salvador Mallo alias Antonio Banderas, a Spanish director whose life is full of ills, lives in the shadow of himself in a period when creativity is totally absent. He is in search of inspiration that he can no longer find in Madrid. He lives in solitude and depression. When his greatest film “Sabor” is restored by the cinematheque, he will begin to connect with his past life, his memories and his loves. In reality, the film is a kind of autobiography of Pedro Almodóvar’s life. This film is characterised by an enormous amount of work reflecting on his previous life and the people who made him discover his sexuality, his general fulfilment in the cinema. One of the main features is the reunion with the former collaborator, reuniting him with his past loves that his mother and his former companion had had. There are many other people who were present during part of his childhood who will resurface later on. Notably the man he taught to write in exchange for work for his mother, Jacinta Mallo alias Penélope Cruz. The film can be divided into two very distinct sections in the film, childhood and old age. Be that as it may, this film is not just a biography, but a vehicle for what we could experience as spectators: a story that could be similar to our own.

antonio banderas & leonardo sbaraglia at the re-union.