Friday, February 14 2014, 01:55 PM MST
Movie Review: Gloria
4 out of 5 Stars
Directors: Sebastián Lelio
Starring: Paulina García, Sergio Hernández, Diego Fontecilla
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Recommended To: Those looking for a solid character-driven drama about an older woman trying to inject her life with a splash of romance.
Synopsis: Gloria, an older woman, spends her nights in clubs drinking, dancing and looking for someone to occupy the space left by her children and ex-husband. In Rodolfo she thinks she’s found her next great love, but their combined baggage complicates their romance.
Review: Gloria was Chile’s official submission to the Oscars for 2014. It wasn’t selected, but it does feature a noteworthy performance from Paulina García who is able to present Gloria as an incredibly complex woman through her physical performance as she swaggers, cowers, clumsily stumbles, picks herself up and dusts herself off with a certain grace. At its heart Gloria is a lonely film about a woman who is slowly coming to believe that she is obsolete. Sensing this she puts herself out into the world. She’s not fearless, a little liquid courage goes a long way, but she’s willing to take the risks and the bruises that inevitably will appear. It would be extremely heartbreaking if Gloria wasn’t so resilient.
-Ryan Michael Painter