This is a real discovery, a wonderfully engaging film from Chile. “A divorced woman in her late 50s recaptures her life in Sebastian Lelio’s pitch-perfect, terrifically written GLORIA. Were this an American film, the situation of a middle-aged woman refusing to give in to loneliness would likely be fashioned into a comedy starring Meryl Streep or Maggie Smith, but Lelio refuses to adopt the industry’s ageist slant, presenting a woman (magnificently played by Paulina Garcia) of undisguised sexuality seeking to be the center of life for the man she loves. Perceptive and unerringly sympathetic, GLORIA has the makings of an arthouse sleeper….The role of Gloria is a gift for an actress, and Garcia amply rewards the trust in her abilities with a fearless performance; vulnerable and lonely yet undefeated, Gloria refuses to compromise, which registers in the physicality the thesp brings to the role”—Variety. R. In Spanish with English subtitles. 108 Min.
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