The romantic (mis)adventures of glamorous, disco-loving fiftysomething Gloria provide the narrative energy of Sebastián Lelio’s award-winning comedy.
Fifty-eight year old Gloria (Paulina García) is a regular on the middle-aged singles scene. Rodolfo (Sergio Hernández) is a retired naval officer who may, initially, be in search of a one-night stand but soon appears besotted with her glamorous and ostensibly confident persona. But he has his own secrets – including an ex-wife (or possibly current wife) who seems to be utterly dependent on him – and is wary of offering the commitment Gloria craves. Boasting a fabulous soundtrack that cannily comments on the title protagonist’s predicament, Gloria is anchored in a terrific central performance by Paulina García that expertly charts the disco-loving mother’s emotional contradictions. Indeed, Gloria is one of the most complex and nuanced characters to have appeared on screen in a long while, making it a real pleasure to see a film that handles ageing with respect, compassion and intelligent humour.
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