Gloria Movie Review

Since Hollywood refuses to make clever, engaging films about strong 50-something women, leave it to Chile to give us a movie to celebrate. This delightful comedy-drama has a loose plot that lets Paulina Garcia's terrific title character spring wonderfully to life. And she's never a victim: Gloria is a woman who does things on her own terms.

The film opens by showing us how full her life is. She may be divorced, but Gloria enjoys her busy days, going from her office job to yoga classes, laughter therapy and helping her adult children (Fontecilla and Zamora) with their issues. And in her spare time, she heads to the local disco to meet men. It's there that she encounters Rodolfo (Hernandez), a man her age who runs an extreme sports park. As their relationship develops, Gloria begins to worry that he has no interest in her children, and even worse he constantly leaves her in the lurch so he can help his own adult daughters. So she has to make a decision.

The nice thing about Gloria is that she knows she's fine on her own; she doesn't need Rodolfo, but she likes him and is willing to put up with his baggage (including his velcro corset). Watching her deal with him gives us a striking portrait of her independent resilience. Even though she's had a rocky romantic life, she's still hopeful about love and maintains a youthful silly streak. Garcia plays all of this with a blast of personality that wins us over completely.

The film's tone matches Gloria's mischievous outlook on life, playfully stirring in some hilarious details while keeping everything earthy and natural. Awkward moments are both amusing and realistic, and every moment tells us more about this remarkable woman who can stand up for herself when she needs to, but never forgets to have fun along the way. A scene in which she puts a brave face on her true feelings is darkly moving, while her casual denial of all knowledge about a lost stash of pot makes us smile. We definitely need more movie heroes like Gloria.

Rich Cline

Cast & Crew

Director : Sebastian Lelio

Producer : Luis Collar, Juan de Dios Larrain, Pablo Larrain

Starring : , Sergio Hernandez, Diego Fontecilla, Fabiola Zamora, Coca Guazzini, Hugo Moraga, , Liliana Garcia,


Comments

Gloria Rating

" Excellent "

Rating: 15, 2013

Editors Recommendations

Could Meg Ryan Re-Launch Career With 'How I Met Your Mother' Spin-off?

Meg Ryan could be headed for a career revival with her latest gig – narrating the...

Could Meg Ryan Re-Launch Career With 'How I Met Your Mother' Spin-off?

It's That Time Of Year Again! New Orleans Jazz Festival Returns With Another Two Weekends Of Music Mythology

It's that time of year again where New Orleans go all out to prove they are one...

It's That Time Of Year Again! New Orleans Jazz Festival Returns With Another Two Weekends Of Music Mythology

Cameron Diaz Has Felt "Betrayal" When Cheated On In The Past

Cameron Diaz is considered one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood today...

Cameron Diaz Has Felt

Banksy Breaks Silence to Condemn 'Stealing Banksy' Exhibition

After weeks of shadowy new works, Bristolian street artist Banksy has broken his...

Banksy Breaks Silence to Condemn 'Stealing Banksy' Exhibition

'Lost' Collection of Andy Warhol Paintings Found on Amiga Floppy Disks

Art historians have recovered a 'lost' collection of Andy Warhol paintings on 30-year-old Amiga...

'Lost' Collection of Andy Warhol Paintings Found on Amiga Floppy Disks

Most Offensive? Avril Lavigne's 'Hello Kitty' or Alison Gold's 'Chinese Food'?

Avril Lavigne has fought back against the critics who have labelled her music video...

Most Offensive? Avril Lavigne's 'Hello Kitty' or Alison Gold's 'Chinese Food'?

Missing 'Orange Is The New Black'? Here's The Season 2 Preview

It’s almost Orange Is The New Black time and Netflix is celebrating by releasing...

Missing 'Orange Is The New Black'? Here's The Season 2 Preview

After Mercury Snub, London Grammar Score Ivor Novello Nomination

Last year, the bookies had London Grammar as the 6/4 massive favourites to win...

After Mercury Snub, London Grammar Score Ivor Novello Nomination

Jodie Foster Is Now A Married Woman! Wait, When Did That Happen?

Congratulations to Jodie Foster and Alexandra Hedison, who just tied the knot this week!...

Jodie Foster Is Now A Married Woman! Wait, When Did That Happen?


More recommendations