Gloria

A story set in Santiago and centered on Gloria, a free-spirited older woman, and the realities of her whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer whom she meets out in the clubs.
Director: 
Sebastián Lelio
Cast: 
Paulina García, Sergio Hernández, Diego Fontecilla
Screenplay: 
Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
Screening Date: 
Jan 11, 2014
Studio: 
Roadside Attractions
Running Time: 
110 min
Rating: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
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“Gloria, after her moments of vertigo, realizes and accepts that ultimately she/we will dance alone. It is what we choose to do!”
“Maybe life ain’t so bad after all.”
“A good backbone for a movie that didn’t quite live up to it’s potential.”
“Another good Saturday AM film. The audience could certainly identify with the subject matter and therefore be engaged. I kept thinking about give and take, compromises and need to love and be loved. Overridingly it is a salute to women and their strength and determination to have it their way.”
“One of the most intelligent and sensitive portrayals of a middle aged woman who thinks she’s found love in her life which unfortunately doesn’t work and but she has the strength to find herself again.”
“Women with substance desperately love, and eventually fall for, insubstantial men. All male figures in the movie were anemic, beginning with her son thru her lover Rodolfo, the neighbor and the ex-husband. Gloria is strong, colorful and full of zest for life.”
“Interesting vignettes - not sure if it was anti-male, feminist, or just a slice of reality. So many screwed up folks, too bad! Loved the music!”
“A bittersweet story. Gloria is so full of life and able to commit emotionally. Too bad she can’t find a partner worthy of her. The white peacock is a symbol for a hollow man. Political comment: is Rodolfo a symbol of promises held out by the Chilean government that will not be fulfilled. Lot’s of musical symbolism too. Lots to discuss. Thanks for this movie.”
“The symbol of the albino peacock is one of the most remarkable movie metaphors I can remember. Peacocks are usually men, so an albino peacock is a lot of strutting and bellowing but with little result, the perfect Rudolfo image. When she realizes this she can dance again.”
“My life on film.”
“Refreshing to see a real love affair of middle aged people. You could feel her thinking about her feelings.”
“Experienced a lot of mixed feelings. Know little about Chilean society (probably male chauvinistic) and the woman’s place in society. Director should have made a movie about Rodolfo. A female director should have made Gloria!”
“Liked the subject, Gloria was an interesting woman, but still somewhat depressing!”
“Paulina Garcia was so moving as Gloria. The camera loves her. Interesting to seen Rodolfo’s real family situation comes to light, women who don’t work, daughters without ambition or desire to be present in their lives. Old world vs. new world bumped up against one another. Gloria clearly open to new experiences.”
“Gloria is rare, intelligent but sensitive moviemaking, and we have to go to Chile to find it? A great story that plays to a demographic yearning for such a story, but with cinematic ambitions and payoffs way beyond Hallmark movies.”
“Good music.”
“Gloria is a character study of an older single woman. I’m not sure if it is good enough to recommend. It felt somewhat disappointing, like life can be, but it was also potentially triumphant like life can be. Again, I’m just not sure I could recommend sitting through it for 110 minutes. The lead actress is quite good as is the actor playing Rodolfo. The screenplay is the biggest let down; at least it feels that way because the pay-off is not sufficient as a reward for the amount of time the audience has to invest.”
“Gloria is a character study of an older single woman. I’m not sure if it is good enough to recommend. It felt somewhat disappointing, like life can be, but it was also potentially triumphant like life can be. Again, I’m just not sure I could recommend sitting through it for 110 minutes. The lead actress is quite good as is the actor playing Rodolfo. The screenplay is the biggest let down; at least it feels that way because the pay-off is not sufficient as a reward for the amount of time the audience has to invest.” “Wonderful. A film of a woman in her 50’s – 60’s? The music made me want to dance again.” “Gloria, who loves music and dancing, spends the entire movie searching for who will please her. Turns out it’s music and dancing that she’s been looking for. Her search brings her to her kids, her ex, a lover, a cat, but with a wonderfully rich soundtrack, trust eventually brings her back to what she really loves. 110 minutes could have been 80 minutes.”
“Wonderful. A film of a woman in her 50’s – 60’s? The music made me want to dance again.”
“I thought the movie dealt with a sensitive subject of getting older and what arises as a result. Moviegoers of a particular age will love this movie. The character of Gloria was very likable.”
“It was a bit long, it could have been cut. The story of an older woman who is independent, resourceful and forceful.”
“Best performance I’ve seen this year or other years. Paulina Garcia bares her soul and a lot more in a melodramatic but moving story. She certainly is looking for love in all the wrong places, but at her age, what are the right places?”
“A wonderful move about a senior female. Like a coming of age tribute (or perhaps lesson). Oddly, the actress playing Gloria physically kept reminding me of Dustin Hoffman as TOOTSIE! She was really superb and the direction was also well done.”
“Loved it. So realistic. Rodolfo’s acting was also extraordinary, even without words. Impressed by his partial distraction even before they met. Also her acceptance of the 1st sex, when he cannot complete.”