Pain & Glory

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Antonio Banderas gives perhaps his greatest performance as Salvador Mallo, a film director in physical decline, in this sublime film from Pedro Almodvar.He reflects on his life and the choices hes made: his childhood in the 60s, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love, the early discovery of cinema. The act of writing is his only therapy to forget the unforgettable and there is a void he feels that stops him continuing to make films.Filled with his trademark stunning visuals and the amazing performance by Banderas, Pain and Glory finds Almodvar drawing on his own life to immensely rewarding effect - and honouring his craft as only a master filmmaker can.

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