2019 Film Reviews – 53: Pain & Glory [dir. Pedro Almodóvar; 2019]

It’s a testament to Almodóvar’s skills as a storyteller – and to the trust he places in his team – that one of the most memorable sequences in Pain & Glory was written a mere day before it was filmed, in response to the director seeing how a particular actress played her character. The scene in question – wherein Antonio Banderas’ frustrated movie-maker confronts his … Continue reading 2019 Film Reviews – 53: Pain & Glory [dir. Pedro Almodóvar; 2019]

Film Review: The Skin I Live In / La Piel Que Habito [dir. Pedro Almodóvar; 2011]

A sense of camp horror (or should that be ‘a camp sense of horror’?) has lurked in the background of several Almodóvar movies, but here it’s allowed to take centre stage in an engrossing, flashback-heavy tale of a plastic surgeon’s attempts to create artificial skin. Antonio Banderas is suitably creepy in the lead role and Elena Anaya is a vision of flawless, silver screen beauty … Continue reading Film Review: The Skin I Live In / La Piel Que Habito [dir. Pedro Almodóvar; 2011]