Pain and Glory

Almodóvar shows us that, even after nearly two dozen features over several decades, he can still hold an audience in his hand – and surprise it.

Antonio Banderas gives his best, most committed performance in years as a film director looking back over his life in “Pain and Glory,” a typically rich, layered film from director Pedro Almodóvar.

Pedro Almodóvar’s best and most moving film in years-a brave and wrenching self-portrait of an aging artist under the siege of age and the fear of death.

Pain and Glory is anchored in a terrific performance by Banderas: minimal gestures and economical conversations give little away. As such, the mysteries of the past unfold delicately over the course of the film.

Pain and Glory, is wonderfully restrained and all the better for it…we love a bit of Almodóvar!