Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Gloria (2013)

Director: Sebastián Lelio. Cast: Paulina García, Sergio Hernández, Diego Fontecilla. 110 min. Rated R. Chile/Spain. Drama/Comedy.

Aging upper-class divorcee goes around, spends time in bars, sets herself up for the next dysfunctional relationship, and essentially (in my opinion) ... does nothing with the rest of her life. With echoes of About Schmidt, this is a very illustrative picture of a person who has no plans for retirement age, and the reason for the appropriately slow pace is probably to imply how it feels to live in this person's shoes. I'm assuming the reason that literally 99% of critics enjoyed it, may be because many of them are around the protagonist's age. I wasn't, so I couldn't sympathize.

PS: Among numerous other awards, star Paulina García won the Silver Bear at last year's Berlin Film Festival for her role as Gloria.

Mo says:


  1. The performances were fine as was the direction but overall I was left feeling the movie had no real point. It was just a soap opera shot on film.

    1. Completely agree! A glamorous soap opera shown in festivals. Couldn't bring myself to be affected by the hype.