Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance. Dir: Sebastián Lelio. Country: Chile/Spain. English subtitles.
Before Julianne Moore in Gloria Bell there was Paulina Garcia in Sebastián Lelio’s 2013 Chilean version. Gloria is a 58 year old divorcée determined to defy old age and loneliness. She rushes headlong into a whirl of singles’ parties on the hunt for instant gratification – which just leads repeatedly to disappointment and emptiness. But then she meets Rodolfo, an ex-naval officer seven years her senior to whom she feels romantically inclined. She even begins to imagine a permanent relationship. However, the encounter presents unexpected challenges and Gloria gradually finds herself being forced to confront her own dark secrets.