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Antonio Banderas
Sony Classics

Pain and Glory is writer-director Pedro Almodóvar’s 21st film in a career spanning nearly 40 years.  I caught it at this year’s resplendent Toronto film Festival, but it touched down briefly at the ongoing 57th NY Film Festival, which ends this weekend after 17 days with a reprise of some of the festival’s 40 films.

Plenty to see in this 44th rolling out of films in Toronto, the unlikely glitz capital of the world for these past 10 days. The major film companies, plus the itty-bitty guys and the death star streaming services like Netflix and Amazon all trotted out their sexiest fall entries in the various Oscar categories. Both the film industry and Toronto, or TIFF as it’s called-- short for Toronto International Film Festival—are accommodating themselves to smaller platforms. That means Toronto has reduced its film slate to a mere 245 features shot in 87 languages from 83 countries.