Rated: R for sexual content, some graphic nudity, drug use and language. Reviewed by: Jim Release date: January 24, 2014 Released by: Roadside Attractions
A well-made incidental comedy-drama that serves as a palatable character study is a Chilean counterpart to the recent well-observed middle-age picture, Enough Said.
Gloria (fully subtitled) stars a very delightful Paulina Garcia and Sergio Hernandez with the former as the titular fifty-ish woman divorced for almost ten years and frequenting a local nightclub when not in the office or supporting her adult children in their lives.
In the Santiago singles milieu she spots another even older divorcee Rodolfo (Hernandez) into the amusement park business and taking her paint-balling makes for a successful first date. But, their relationship may not blossom because of his acquiescing in his adult daughters (Gloria also would rather spent more time with her children, too).
What the targeted, likely art house audience will enjoy is the idea of rediscovering romance that fits into Gloria's combating of loneliness through hooking on to stepping out and yearning for new pleasures. Her look isn't quite that removed from the distaff look that Dustin Hoffman had in the winning Tootsie.
Like his Dorothy, Garcia shines through her sensible assured ways reflected in co-writer Sebastian Lelio's direction that connects into the mostly plot-free proceedings and character shifts through a smartly realized commentary of a soundtrack. It helps that Garcia (who's virtually in every frame) and the very capable, vulnerable Hernandez sparkle together on screen. Their more intimate scenes as well as the last is quite pleasing as well as Umberto Tozzi's eponymous tune that will make for a happy exit from a warmly engaging cinematic experience.