Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline, reencounters or remembers his past: his childhood in a village, the first desire, his first adult love in 80s Madrid, the pain of that breakup. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it, and also finds his salvation.
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Cinema. I'm not an Almodovarian but sometimes some of his films reach a personalized note that instigates an intrusive and inventive formality. This is not the case, although it is a very frank and honest film, rare in this respect. Almodóvar famous melodramatic maturity is also uninspiring in formal terms. Here we have expected rhymes and passages, no more. Banderas became a huge actor.
CINEMA _ It might be one of Almodovar´s most personal film but i was never very responsive to his cinema all the same. It is full of colors, with a careful attention to costumes and settings but i don´t always understand where the big emotional scenes come from. I like how the childhood memories appear in the film and the way transitions work, smoothly from a shot and a period to the other. Not overwhelmed though.
Definitely Almo's most personal and autobiographical picture to date. "Dolor y Gloria" is a very moving portrait of a man at the crossroads of his own life, but one that sometimes feels a tiny bit rushed.
ALMODOMIRROR. A shimmering film with gorgeous men, passion & very strong & emotional moments. Too bad the author is pitying a little too much on his addictions and on himself. === Un film chatoyant avec des hommes magnifiques et des moments passionnels & émotionnels très forts. Dommage que l'auteur s’apitoie un peu trop sur ses addictions et sur lui-même.
i liked the scene where they watched a lucrecia martel film and did heroin. pedro is clearly working through some personal shit in this that ultimately isn't that interesting for a spectator, but i suppose that's ok
A brilliant and engaging main story featuring banderas at his rawest as a man creatively blocked and ruminating on past choices. Pain and Glory is filled with all of Almodovar's existential yearnings and bathed in sumptuous colour. It loses its way back with aged mum in the last 3/4 before rounding out poetically with grace. 3.5 stars
4.5/5 - Drugs, old age, sexual discovery, broken hearts, bodies and minds, these inform and misinform the act of creation inside and outside the screen with such a degree of subdued elegance that completely ruptured me off my seat. You get quietly bombarded with gorgeous displays of mortal grief and overdue reconnections, neither of which fall into the easy trap that is cheap melodrama.