Irish Film Institute -PAIN AND GLORY



113 mins, Spain, 2019, Digital, Subtitled

This film was released on Friday 23rd August 2019 and is no longer screening.

Pedro Almodóvar’s elegiac drama boasts a career-best performance from Antonio Banderas as Salvador Mallo, a creatively blocked film director consumed by memories of an impoverished yet idyllic childhood spent with his mother Jacinta (played by Penélope Cruz).

Salvador is a thinly-veiled portrait of Almodóvar, and Pain and Glory is a transparently self-reflexive film which finds the director dwelling upon themes that have resonated throughout his work: motherhood, childhood sexual awakening, loves lost and found, and his life-long love affair with Madrid. Salvador is prompted to reconnect with the estranged star of one of his lauded early films, which has been restored for an anniversary screening, a meeting which proves to be the catalyst for a series of interconnected reveries into his past.

(Notes by David O’Mahony.)

This summer, IFI will undergo extensive refurbishment of our premises and would gratefully receive any support you can offer to assist with this cost. You can see ways to donate including seat naming and texting IFI to 50300 to send €4 at Thank you.

Don’t forget we now schedule weekly

Book Tickets