Movie review: “Gloria” a different kind of coming-of-age story

By Columbus Alive
From the February 13, 2014 edition

The Chilean import “Gloria” was the country’s official nominee for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, and though it didn’t get a nod from the Academy, it’s easy to see why it was chosen.

It’s a warm, earnest and lively movie, anchored by a superb lead performance. And it’s the sort of story we don’t get to see often enough.

Gloria Cumplido (Paulina Garcia) is a 50-something divorcée living alone in Santiago. She’s a little lonely, but upbeat and still having fun in the form of a dance club for older singles. When she meets a charming older man, she begins to imagine what a serious relationship would look like at her age.

“Gloria” isn’t full of plot fireworks, but it feels like life. It’s relatable — and I’m sure the story of a 50-something woman will resonate even more with that audience.

Garcia is the anchor of the film, delivering a warm and endearing performance. She keeps Gloria sympathetic without ever making us feel sorry for her.

A story of a woman rediscovering herself in a different age, “Gloria” is a treat.

Photo courtesy of Roadside Attractions