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A good movie

Posted : 3 weeks, 5 days ago on 22 September 2019 08:56

I have been following Pedro Almodovar's career for more than 20 years so it was really neat to see his last directing effort with my film club. Well, it turned out to be his most autobiographical movie so far and you might wonder what really happened and what was made up. Still, even if it was not as over-the-top as some of his previous movies, it was still slightly too messy for my taste. Indeed, there was a mix of various storylines dealing with drug addiction, his career, his youth, his health issues, his relationship with his mother and with an actor with whom he had a feud for 3 decades. Some of them were really interesting and some of them, well, not so much. Eventually, there was enough material to make at least 3 different movies and I think it would have better worked for me if the whole thing would have been slightly more focused. Still, the Spanish master has a unique directing style, his very own narrative approach, and it made the whole thing quite spellbinding to behold. Finally, it is such a treat to see Antonio Banderas working again with Amodovar, after all these years in Hollywood, and he probably gave here his best performance so far. Anyway, to conclude, even if I wasn't completely sold by the damned thing, it was still a really solid effort from Amodovar and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in his work. 


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Dolor y Gloria review

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 4 August 2019 05:08

Ay Pedro, para sus adentros pero transparente para afuera, la idea de la adicción y la soledad, en estructura de espejo, sin formalismo, sin artilugios, solo algunas licencias narrativas. El hombre viejo es eso, dolor y gloria.


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