Pedro Almodovar’s personal ‘Pain’ may reap a heap of glory at Oscar time

Pedro Almodovar’s personal ‘Pain’ may reap a heap of glory at Oscar time
Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”), 56, and Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”), 77, aren’t the only auteurs whose current films reflect the gaze of an aging filmmaker whose main characters reflect upon their lives and their chosen careers, be it actor or hitman.

However, Spanish icon Pedro Almovodar, 70, takes his “Pain and Glory” a meta step further by placing a director character — played by his most frequent leading man, Antonio Banderas — in the center of his tale. He also uses his colorful, art-filled home as the one owned by Salvador Mallo, a filmmaker living in Madrid. Meanwhile, another actor, Asier Etxeandia as Alberto, seems to be a substitute for Banderas, who had a similar falling out with Almodovar after the actor started doing Hollywood movies in the early ’90s.

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