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    GLORIA

    Dir. Sebastián Lelio, Chile, 2014, 109 min., R, DCP
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    Paulina García won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for her performance as a vivacious, middle-aged divorcée who finds what may be her last chance for love while grooving on the dance floor of the local singles club. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo. Their intense passion, to which Gloria gives her all, leaves her vacillating between hope and despair—until she uncovers a new strength and realizes that, in her golden years, she can shine brighter than ever. Brilliantly scripted and energized by a keen sense for music, GLORIA slowly captivates the audience. Despite her missteps, Gloria always maintains her dignity—one can't help but cheer her on. Most rewarding is rediscovering along with Gloria that, while couples dancing is nice, there’s nothing quite as liberating and fulfilling as learning to dance on one's own.

    “Gloria is an endlessly watchable creation—a wonderful example of an actress melting into a role, and a co-writer/director with almost superhuman levels of sensitivity and empathy for his characters.” —Jessica Kiang, indieWIRE
    
    “Sebastián Lelio’s funny, touching, splendidly acted character study shows up Hollywood’s inability to create realistic, compelling roles for middle-aged women...Leilo’s outstanding direction and thoughtfully written screenplay, matched with Garcia’s committed performance, make GLORIA one deceptively effortless, subtly endearing treat.” —Aaron Yap, Flicks.co.nz