The film to which Pain and Glory has been most extensively compared is Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2, the Italian director’s genre-bending, meta textual examination of a filmmaker crafting his most ambitious project to date. Both films are excellent, but the comparisons prove to be something of a dead end; Fellini was more preoccupied with the process of filmmaking itself, while Almodovar is interested in exploring the human factors that would inspire somebody to tell a story in the first place.
Released in 1999, this Spanish motion picture follows the life of an Argentine nurse in charge of organ donations, a single mother whose son is an aspiring artist. Starring Cecilia Roth, Penélope Cruz and Marisa Paredes, All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre) was directed and written by Pedro Almodóvar.
Released in 1987 and directed by Pedro Almodovar, Law of Desire won 10 awards including Best Feature Film at Berlin International Film Festival and Best Feature at San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Shot in Andalucía and Madrid, the film stars Eusebio Poncela, Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas.
Released in 2004 and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, Bad Education highlights the effects of religious education in Franco-ist Spain and sexual abuse. The film won many awards, such as Best Foreign Language Film at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Shot in various locations in Spain, the film features actors Gael García Bernal and Fele Martínez.