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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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Chavela Vargas (1919 – 2012) was a well-known Mexican, nightclub singer who had affairs with the wives of numerous politicians.

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Her tequila-fueled songs were distillations of life’s pains in general and the agonizing aspects of romantic love in particular. She undoubtedly drew on her own misery for her dramatic performances in Acapulco.

She retired after a quarter of a century and her fame faded over time.

Chavela, the documentary directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi, (USA) 2017, began with a video interview of the vocalist made during the 80s. It includes not only historical footage but also a large collection of photos provided by the woman who was her lawyer and long-time companion.

Film director Pedro Almodovar arranged for a concert in Spain in the 90s, and eventually a booking at the Olympia Theater in Paris, relaunching her career’

Despite her initial fear of performing sober, she reached an entirely new audience during her final years.

Chavela played initially to a packed audience at the Castro Theatre and screened again at the Landmark Theatres Piedmont during Frameline 41.

It won the audience award for best documentary at the festival.

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