Dalton’s review published on Letterboxd:
An amazing film through and through. You can bet I’m about to binge a lot of Pedro Almodóvar.
I really need more queer movies centered on a passion for film and everything that comes with it. Pain and Glory filled a void I didn’t quite know I had, and it was beautiful.
The second act specifically stood out to me as some the best pathos filmmaking I’ve ever had the privilege to witness, or, at the very least, the most relatable to my sensibilities. The carefully constructed shots are damn-near perfect, the emotions are so raw, and the entire concept is sold in that portion of the runtime.
The rest of the movie doesn’t quite have the same momentum, but the conceit of the plot holds up well in retrospect. I can’t think of any real complaints for the story, especially with how much sense the very end makes.
This film means a lot to me, and I’m really glad I got to watch it and be exposed to a director/creative team that really know what they want out of their film.
In my honest opinion, Antonio Banderas should take best actor. But that’s just a pipe dream :(