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GLORIA

Director: SEBASTIÁN LELIO

110 minutes, Chile-Spain, 2013, Colour, D-Cinema


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Since its premiere at Berlin this year, where Pauline García was awarded Best Actress for her performance in the titular role, the tragi-comic Gloria has screened to widespread acclaim. Chilean director Sebastián Lelio is unwavering in his portrayal of venturesome Gloria, an attractive, successful 58-year-old divorcée and mother of two, who enjoys going out dancing, having a few (occasionally too many) drinks, and meeting single men of a similar age.

When she encounters Rodolfo, an ex-naval officer who owns an amusement park, there’s an immediate attraction but things rapidly become complicated by his erratic behaviour and murky family life. Similar to Andreas Dresen’s Cloud 9 (2008) in its candid depiction of sexuality in older age, this film however is also interested in Gloria’s poignant relationship with her two adult children as well as her experience as a struggling yet resilient individual. (Notes by Alice Butler.)

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