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3 out of 4 stars

Title
Gloria
Directed by
Sebastián Lelio
Country
Chile/Spain
Language
Spanish

Many of the best scenes in this Chilean import are achieved with great delicacy, so it's a shame when things start thudding heavily in the home stretch. But star Paulina Garcia treads lightly and sure-footedly in a title role that could have easily gone off the rails. Playing a prosperous divorcee trying to restart her life on the wrong side of middle age – a process that involves a lot of nights out at local discotheques – the actress eschews the cuteness that defines so many movies about later-life romance. Instead, she plays the character as a bundle of raw nerves, bruised but warm to the touch. It's a performance of great skill that seems completely naturalistic, and the movie would be unimaginable without it.

At VIFF: Oct. 6, 3:15 pm, Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts; Oct. 9, 6:30 pm, Centre

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About the Author

Adam Nayman is a contributing editor for Cinema Scope and writes on film for Montage, Sight and Sound, Reverse Shot and Cineaste. He is a lecturer at Ryerson and the University of Toronto and his first book, a critical study of Paul Verhoeven's SHOWGIRLS, will be published in 2014 by ECW Press. More

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