Can the cinema help us better understand our own processes of remembering, and how we create narratives for our own lives? Morgan Jeitler asks these questions in her video essay that studies Pedro Almodóvar‘s Pain and Glory and Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, two films where memory plays a central role.
Pain and Glory
Video Essay: Disability and A New Cinema of the Body (‘Babyteeth’ and ‘Pain and Glory’)
Selome Hailu’s video essay “Disability and the New Cinema of the Body” points to two recent films, Shannon Murphy’s Babyteeth and Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory, as two works that give voice and space to characters that are marginalized in society due to disease and disability. In her reading, film offers a chance for audiences to see individuals with disabilities not simply as people trying to survive, but rather people with rich, full lives that are underserved by the non-accommodating societies in which they live.