Pain & Glory
aka Dolor y gloria
First screened in October 2019
Director: Pedro Almodóvar. Cast: Antonio Banderas, Asier Flores, Penélope Cruz, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas, César Vicente, Julieta Serrano, Raúl Arévalo, Cecilia Roth, Pedro Casablanc, Eva Martín. Screenplay: Pedro Almodóvar.

Twitter Capsule: Concentric circles of self-examination, with greatest insights in middle. Big ironic wallops at end. Banderas excels.

Second Capsule: As I guessed, Pain & Glory moved and impressed more the second time. To quote: "It's your eyes that changed, mi amor. The movie's the same."

VOR:   Blends the heartfelt with the calculated, yielding a major, genuinely revealing act of self-exposure by a crafty director we thought we knew.

Photo © 2019 Sony Pictures Classics/El Deseo

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Actor: Antonio Banderas
Best International Film

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Actor (Drama): Antonio Banderas
Best Foreign Language Film

Other Awards:
Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor (Banderas); Cannes Soundtrack Award
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actor (Banderas)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actor (Banderas); Best Foreign Language Film
National Society of Film Critics: Best Actor (Banderas)
European Film Awards: European Actor (Banderas); European Production Design (Antxón Gómez)

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