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Year: 2019
Original Title: Dolor y gloria
Length: 113 minutes
Genre: Drama
Studios: El Deseo
Distributor: Pathé
Age rating: Suitable only for 15 years and over

Release Dates

United Kingdom: August 23 2019

United States: October 04 2019


Ranking: 27 out of 15,711 movies (up 20)


7.7 by 28 users

8.0 by Movie'n'co

8.9 by 9 media


'Pain and Glory' tells the story of director Salvador Malo (Antonio Banderas, 'The Mask of Zorro'), for whom the pressure over not having shot a film in years increases as a remastered version of his biggest hit is prepared for cinemas. Dependent on various substances, Salvador frequently considers his revisits the confusion of his childhood in Valencia with his mother, Jacinta (Penélope Cruz, 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona'), when high. Tensions worsen when Salvador discovers that the restoration of his successful film, 'Sabor', will bring him back into contact with his former best friend and the film's leading actor, Alberto Crespo (Asier Etxeandia, 'Velvet'), for the first time since they fell out over Crespo's performance in the film years earlier. Crespo is not the only ghost to return from Salvador's past, however, as Salvador's first love, Federico (Leonardo Sbaraglia, 'Félix'), returns married to a woman and evoking memories of love and lust that Salvador had thought was lost between them. Salvador must confront the reality of both his past and his present if he wants to truly overcome the creative block that has hindered his career for years. 'Pain and Glory' is written and directed by the iconic Spanish filmmaker, Pedro Almodóvar ('All About My Mother', 'Volver', 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown'). Hide full plot... Show full plot


Premios ganados
Golden GlobesGolden Globes
Goya AwardsGoya Awards
Feroz AwardsFeroz Awards


Cast Pain and glory

Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas

Salvador Mallo

Asier Etxeandia

Asier Etxeandia

Alberto Crespo

Nora Navas

Nora Navas




Trivia Pain and glory

'Pain And Glory' is the eighth collaboration between Pedro Almodóvar and Antonio Banderas and the the sixth with Penélope Cruz. Almodóvar has worked with Banderas in 'Laberinto de pasiones' (1982), 'Matador' (1985), 'La ley del deseo' (1986), 'Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios' (1988), 'Átame' (1990), 'La piel que habito' (2011) y 'Los amantes pasajeros' (2013). His films with Penélope Cruz are 'Carne Trémula' (1997), 'Todo sobre mi madre' (1999), 'Volver' (2006), 'Los abrazos rotos' (2009) y 'Los amantes pasajeros' (2013). The first reactions from the critics have been very warming, even predicting Antonio Banderas to be next winner at GOYA 2020. Julieta Serrano's first collaboration with Pedro Almodóvar in almost thirty years. They had previously worked together on many of his 1980s films: Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón (1980), Entre tinieblas (1983), Matador (1986), ¡Átame! (1989) and, most famously, Mujeres al borde de un ataque de "nervios" (1988).