Pain and Glory – 8

In what is both the cleanest and most brightly colored movie of the year, Pedro Almodovar gives a hauntingly autobiographical glimpse of the creative process – its sources, its pressures, its resolutions. The incomparable Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, plus the wildly coiffed Asier Exteandia, never let your intentions stray as the story flashes forward, flashes back and swirls in linear fashion.  At the end, as in Proust (and Patricia Selbert’s House of Six Doors), we reach the beginning of the story we’ve just been watching.

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