Gloria – DVD review

Refreshing Chilean comedy-drama about a fiftysomething woman with an enduring thirst for life, sex and frothy cocktails

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Sebastián Lelio, 2013

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It’s enough to send Hollywood producers scurrying for the hills: a divorcee protagonist past her prime, a milquetoast love interest carrying excess emotional baggage, and more moments of pathos than mirth.

No wonder this Chilean comedy-drama feels so refreshingly real. Paulina García is glorious as Gloria, a woman with an enduring thirst for life, sex and frothy cocktails.

Given to rash acts of abandon, she resembles a fiftysomething Frances Ha who has weathered life’s disappointments – more of a Frances Meh. Writer-director Sebastián Lelio’s note-perfect handling recalls vintage Almodóvar with the colour and camp dialled down.

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