Gloria movie poster

Nights spent clubbing in search of indiscriminate sex partners may lead one to believe that Gloria (played with shimmering ebullience by Paulina García) is just another helpless middle-aged free spirit vigorously pursuing a life of teenage desperation. Look deeper to find a woman who spends every moment of the day evoking her right to live. The divorced mother of two is wooed by the milquetoast owner of a mini-amusement park and all the bungee jumps in the world aren’t going to make her fall. In it’s own sly way, the film captures the spirit of its two titular namesakes: John Cassavetes’ nervously self-reliant heroine and Umberto Tozzi’s (or do you say Laura Branigan’s?) chart-topping toe-tapper that plays under the closing credits. If only Hollywood films embraced the aging process as richly as Gloria does. Prudes beware: Chilean director Sebastián Lelio stages sex scenes that explicitly posit grey as the warmest color. 2013.

Scott Marks

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