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.
Running Time: 1hr 50min
MPAA Rating: R
A giant white peacock fills the frame late in this superb Chilean comedy, startling the title character and aptly symbolizing the way director Sebastian Lelio has fanned her open as a personality. Gloria (Paulina Garcia) is a Santiago divorcee looking for love in the city’s swank nightspots but finding only sex (if that); she’s old enough to have a grandson, but she hasn’t yet given up on life or the idea that someone might share it with her. To her great satisfaction she finds Rodolfo (Sergio Hernandez), who’s middle-aged and divorced like herself, but their good times are hampered by his family baggage and peevish, unpredictable behavior. Lelio is admirably even-handed in his treatment of Gloria; for all her joie de vivre, she can be impetuous and self-destructive, a victim of her own drunken, dance-floor bravado. This is a driven, indelible character—like the women Gena Rowlands played for John Cassavetes—and you fear her going over the edge not least because you suspect you’d follow her. (In Spanish with subtitles.)
by J.R. Jones (Chicago Reader)