Pain and Glory

Salvador Mallo, a filmmaker in the twilight of his career, remembers his life: his mother, his lovers, the actors he worked with. The sixties in a small village in Valencia, the eighties in Madrid, the present, when he feels an immeasurable emptiness, facing his mortality, the incapability of continuing filming, the impossibility of separating creation from his own life. The need of narrating his past can be his salvation.

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Film Cast:

  • Salvador Mallo: Antonio Banderas
  • Alberto Crespo: Asier Etxeandia
  • Federico Delgado: Leonardo Sbaraglia
  • Mercedes: Nora Navas
  • Old Jacinta: Julieta Serrano
  • Jacinta: Penélope Cruz
  • Eduardo: César Vicente
  • Young Salvador: Asier Flores
  • Zulema: Cecilia Roth
  • Pious Woman from Paterna: Susi Sánchez
  • Venancio Mallo: Raúl Arévalo
  • Dr. A. Galindo: Pedro Casablanc
  • Presenter: Julián López
  • Radiologist: Eva Martín
  • Conchita: Sara Sierra
  • …: Constancia Céspedes
  • Laundress Rosita: Rosalía
  • Laundress Mari: Marisol Muriel
  • Laundress Mercedes: Paqui Horcajo
  • …: Alba Gómez
  • Man at Cinema: Xavi Sáez
  • …: Aline Casagrande
  • Father José María: Luis Calero
  • Gallerist: Virgil-Henry Mathet
  • Drug Dealer: Chimezie Eke
  • …: Esperanza Guardado
  • Priest at Seminary: Agustín Almodóvar
  • …: Miguel Rivera
  • Boy at Seminary: Eneko Galende
  • Pianist: Fernando Iglesias

Film Crew:

  • Executive Producer: Esther García
  • Producer: Agustín Almodóvar
  • Director: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Original Music Composer: Alberto Iglesias
  • Production Design: Antxón Gómez
  • Director of Photography: José Luis Alcaine
  • Casting: Eva Leira
  • Casting: Yolanda Serrano
  • Special Effects: Óscar Abades
  • Editor: Teresa Font
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Pelayo Gutiérrez
  • Art Direction: María Clara Notari
  • Associate Producer: Bárbara Peiró
  • Set Designer: Vicent Díaz
  • Costume Design: Paola Torres
  • Production Manager: Toni Novella
  • Sound Mixer: Marc Orts
  • Makeup Designer: Ana Lozano
  • Special Effects: Montse Ribé
  • Associate Producer: Diego Pajuelo
  • Set Designer: José Luis Saldaña
  • Sound Recordist: Sergio Bürmann
  • Hairstylist: Sergio Pérez Berbel
  • Sound Editor: Ana Belén Martín
  • Set Designer: Francisco Bassi
  • Assistant Sound Editor: Ana Caparrós
  • Still Photographer: Manolo Pavón
  • Graphic Designer: Juan Gatti

Movie Reviews:

  • SWITCH.: If you were to tell me that ‘Pain and Glory’ was Pedro Almodóvar’s final film, I would be inclined to believe you. Rarely has the act of looking back on one’s past been so vividly and honestly depicted, and so richly and emotionally satisfying. You can feel the need for this film to exist in every frame, a need to understand and reflect and celebrate and mourn. It is a portrait of an artist at a crossroads, entering the last act of their lives, looking back at what they have created and the battlefield left in their wake, and facing the terror of never creating again. ‘Pain and Glory’ is an intensely beautiful film, one that hangs in the air around you like a perfume for days after. The more I think back on it, the more certain I am that I’ve seen a masterwork. I cannot wait to see it again.
    – Daniel Lammin

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