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Pain And Glory directed by Pedro Almodóvar (Spain) 2019 is an introspective meditation.

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While Almodóvar claims the film isn’t about himself, he’s taken considerable effort to pattern both the main character and his personal environment on his own physical appearance and the art and furnishings of his home.

The director in the film is unable to continue directing films because of numerous health problems so he replays significant scenes from the past in his head. Childhood poverty. His parents’ unsatisfactory relationship. Educational development. Plus a seminal relationship with an older man.

The process of continual retrospective review also provides an opportunity to reconnect with a difficult collaborator from the past who becomes an increasingly negative influence in the present.

There seems little hope that he’ll be able to overcome depression and hopelessness yet he manages to rise above the difficulties in his life.

Pain And Glory opens 11 October 2019 at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema, San Francisco and Landmark’s Aquarius Theatre, Palo Alto.

18 October 2019 at Shattuck Cinemas, Berkeley; AMC Saratoga 14, San Jose; and Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael.

1 November 2019 Landmark’s Piedmont Theatre, Oakland; The Tower Theatre, Sacramento; and Landmark’s Nickelodeon Theatre, Santa Cruz

8 November 2019 Regal UA Olympus Pointe, Roseville and Regal UA Stonestown Twin, San Francisco.

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