Gloria

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“A divorced woman in her late 50s recaptures her life in Sebastián Lelio’s pitch-perfect, terrifically written Gloria.” — Jay Weissberg, Variety

Year: 2012
Country: Chile
Running time: 110 mins
Censor Rating: M - sex scenes, offensive language, drug use
Genres: Love stories

Producers: Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Luis Collar, Jorge Morenzo
Screenplay: Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
Photography: Benjamín Echazaretta
Editors: Soledad Salfate, Sebastián Lelio
Production designer: Marcela Urìví
Costume designer: Eduardo Castro
Sound: Ismael Calvo, Isaac Moreno
In Spanish with English subtitles
DCP

With: Paulina García (Gloria), Sergio Hernández (Rodolfo), Marcial Tagle (Marcial), Diego Fontecilla (Pedro), Fabiola Zamora (Ana), Antonia Santa Maria (Maria), Coca Guazzini (Luz), Hugo Moraga (Hugo), Alejandro Goic (Gabriel)

Festivals: San Sebastián 2012; Berlin 2013
Best Actress (Paulina García), Berlin Film Festival 2013

“It’s hard to imagine anyone with a heart and a brain not responding to the quiet delights and stunning intimacy of Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s account of the personal evolution of a 58-year-old divorcee, played with scrupulous honesty and intelligence by the wonderful Paulina García.

A large part of the cumulative joy of this movie is considering all the ways in which the story might have been mishandled. Midlife sexual desire, second-chance romance, the hunger for companionship, the challenging path toward self-reliance – these are all potential minefields ready to set off explosions of mawkish cliché. But Gloria is a work of maturity, depth and emotional insight…

Still attractive and well put-together, but in a way that suggests a lack of vanity or the standard terror of aging, Gloria holds down a decent job and invariably is the one to make the effort to see her grown children… Divorced more than a decade ago, Gloria is much too level-headed to sit around moping in self-pity, but clearly something is missing. That threatens to change when she meets Rodolfo (Sergio Hernandez), a soft-spoken gent with a puppy-dog air, whose marriage ended more recently… 

Gloria is reinvigorated by the relationship yet is not the type to get all girly and airborne, even as Rodolfo reads her love poems in bed. She’s aware that he comes with baggage… 

Onscreen for the duration in a story seen entirely from Gloria’s perspective, García is remarkable, not least for the rigorous unshowiness and integrity of her self-possessed performance. She sets the tone for a gently humorous melodrama that’s refreshingly grown-up.” — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter