Gloria (2013 film)

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Gloria
Gloria poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySebastián Lelio
Produced by
Written by
  • Gonzalo Maza
  • Sebastián Lelio
StarringPaulina García
CinematographyBenjamín Echazarreta
Editing by
  • Sebastián Lelio
  • Soledad Salfate
Release dates
  • 10 February 2013 (2013-02-10) (Berlin)
  • 9 May 2013 (2013-05-09) (Chile)
Running time
  • 105 minutes (Berlin)
  • 110 minutes
Country
  • Chile
  • Spain
LanguageSpanish
 
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Gloria
Gloria poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySebastián Lelio
Produced by
Written by
  • Gonzalo Maza
  • Sebastián Lelio
StarringPaulina García
CinematographyBenjamín Echazarreta
Editing by
  • Sebastián Lelio
  • Soledad Salfate
Release dates
  • 10 February 2013 (2013-02-10) (Berlin)
  • 9 May 2013 (2013-05-09) (Chile)
Running time
  • 105 minutes (Berlin)
  • 110 minutes
Country
  • Chile
  • Spain
LanguageSpanish

Gloria is a 2013 Chilean-Spanish drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio. The film premiered in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival,[1] where Paulina García won the Silver Bear for Best Actress.[2] It was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[3] The film has been selected as the Chilean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.[4]

Plot[edit]

Gloria (García) is a 58 year old divorcée. Her children have all left home but she has no desire to spend her days and nights alone. 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 (Hernández), 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.

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Reception[edit]

The film received excellent reviews when it premiered at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, topping both Screen International's Screen jury poll of international critics,[5] and IndieWire's critics poll of the best films screened at Berlin in 2013.[6]

David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter writes "it’s hard to imagine anyone with a heart and a brain not responding to the quiet delights and stunning intimacy of Chilean director Sebastian Lelio’s account of the personal evolution of a 58-year-old divorcee, played with scrupulous honesty and intelligence by the wonderful Paulina Garcia" and "Funny, melancholy and ultimately uplifting, Sebastian Lelio's enormously satisfying spell inside the head and heart of a middle-aged woman never puts a foot wrong."[7]

Variety writes "Perceptive and unerringly sympathetic, “Gloria” has the makings of an arthouse sleeper".[8]

Mark Adams of Screen International writes "A delightfully astute and compassionate delve into the life of a 58 year-old divorcee looking for company, romance and perhaps even love, director Sebastián Lelio’s engaging, amusing and oddly uplifting Gloria is a film that will strike a chord with audiences of a certain age. It is driven by a quite wonderful performance from Paulina Garcia, who should snag best actress awards at every festival the film plays at."[9]

Eric Kohn of IndieWire gave the film an A and describes it as a "breakthrough" for actress Paulina Garcia.[10]

Awards[edit]

YearEventRecipientAwardResult
2012San Sebastian International Film FestivalSebastián Lelio (director)
Pablo Larraín (producer)
Films in Progress Award - Best Film[11]Won
201363rd Berlin International Film FestivalPaulina GarcíaSilver Bear for Best Actress[12]Won
201363rd Berlin International Film FestivalSebastián LelioGolden Bear[12]Nominated

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