Pain & Glory


Pain and Glory tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. Pain and Glory talks about creation, about the difficulty of separating it from one’s own life and about the passions that give it meaning and hope. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation.


Pain and Glory finds writer-director Pedro Almodóvar drawing on his own life to rewarding effect — and honouring his craft as only a master filmmaker can.

Performance Times

Duration: 113 mins

Director: Pedro Almodóvar


BBFC Classification: 15 - Suitable only for 15 years and over

Cast: Elmer Bäck, Penélope Cruz , Raúl Arévalo, Cecilia Roth, Julieta Serrano, Eva Martín, Susi Sánchez, Antonio Banderas