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“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.”
On paper this is my kind of film. I wasn’t disappointed. This is a great character portrait of a woman in her 50s from Chilean director Sebastián Lelio. The story felt real and the central character was cleverly portrayed; flaws and strengths. I utterly loved the Gloria character; vulnerable yet ballsy. The revenge she exacted on Rodolfo. Perfectly pitched. This film is made by the performance of Paulina Garcia who is radiant throughout. If you like your films real and genuine, this is the film for you. It was very reminiscent of last year’s closing gala, Amour for me, although not as emotional and moving. A brave film that addresses the reality of relationships late in life; there’s some pretty strong sex scenes and the first full frontal of this years festival. The final scene is amazingly uplifting; full of hope and visually stunning. I now can’t get Laura Brannigan’s “Gloria” out of my head. In Spanish.
Rating Out of Ten
8 (that’s two 8 ratings. If the rest of LIFF lives up to this, I’ll be one happy lady)
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