Pain & Glory
"Almodóvar is in the midst of a magnificent flowering. We're witnessing the BEST PERIOD OF HIS CAREER!"
- San Francisco Chronicle
"It's a gift; the kind of quiet glory worth waiting a few decades for!" - Entertainment Weekly
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PAIN AND GLORY 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, 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.
Quite unintentionally, Pain and Glory is the third part of a spontaneously created trilogy that has taken thrity two years to complete. The first two parts are Law of Desire and Bad Education. In the three films, the protagonists are male characters who are film directors, and desire and cinematic fiction are the pillars of the story, but the way in which fiction is glimpsed alongside reality differs in each one of them. Fiction and life are two sides of the same coin, and life always includes pain and desire.