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Film: Pain and Glory in the Irish Film Institute (Captioned Screenings)

26 - 28 Aug 2019 (Past)

Irish Film Institute

A film director reflects on the choices he’s made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.

Pedro Almodóvar’s elegiac drama boasts a career-best performance from Antonio Banderas as Salvador Mallo, a creatively blocked film director consumed by memories of an impoverished yet idyllic childhood spent with his mother Jacinta (played by Penélope Cruz).

Salvador is a thinly-veiled portrait of Almodóvar, and ‘Pain and Glory’ is a transparently self-reflexive film which finds the director dwelling upon themes that have resonated throughout his work: motherhood, childhood sexual awakening, loves lost and found, and his life-long love affair with Madrid.

Salvador is prompted to reconnect with the estranged star of one of his lauded early films, which has been restored for an anniversary screening, a meeting which proves to be the catalyst for a series of interconnected reveries into his past.

OC screenings: Monday 26th (13.00) and Wednesday 28th (20.50)
See www.ifi.ie for details of Audio Described screenings

Watch: Pain and Glory trailer

Antonio Banderas in Pain and Glory

Antonio Banderas steps up to the role he was born to play, though without the giveaway snowy pompadour

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Asier Etxeandia in Pain and Glory


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Pain and Glory