Leonardo Sbaraglia returns to Cannes. He walked along the red carpet to several international stars and smiled at the photographers. He was seen accompanied by Penelope Cruz, Antonio Bandera and Pedro Almodovar, with whom he worked in the film Pain and glory, which was dealt with this afternoon.
Pain and glory is the most autobiographical and intimate work of a Spanish director who dreams of winning La Palma de Oro, a prize he has not yet won. The story, accompanied by the sad notes of Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, expresses her personal existential melancholy, divided between a dull, everyday life and a living past.
In this film, produced by Warner Bros., Almodowar seems determined to settle his accounts with his old customs, his childhood, his parents, and, obviously, his homosexuality.
And in this case, through the memory of his discovery, which happened in the strong light of his poor house, when he, a talented child, witnessed the nakedness of a young worker to whom he taught classes of writing.
The main character of the film, Salvador Malo (Antonio Banderas), is a director in a crisis that has been locked in his house since his work came out. A person who suffers from tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and heavy headaches filled with illnesses – real or imagined – and that, among other things, he resorts to the heroine he has just discovered.
The film then returned to childhood in the 1960s when emigrating with her parents (the mother is played by Penélope Cruz) to Paterna, a municipality in the province of Valencia, in search of happiness. There is also room for his first elderly love in Madrid since the 1980s; the pain of the collapse of this couple and then the creativity that no longer exists and can not be bought.
Through Salvador Malo's journey to the past, something is finally saved: by re-invoking old feelings, great customs, and other strong disappointments, the clarity of what was lost and perhaps perhaps restored becomes present. It is really beautiful where Malo's mother, close to his death, explains to his son how he wants to be seen when the time comes.
According to the agency ANSAAlmodovar said that "memories serve to keep you company, to be less yourself, to take old age that according to Philip Roth, someone who knows a lot about it is not a disease but a real slaughter.