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GLORIA (Mongrel, 2013) D: Sebastián Lelio, w/ Paulina García, Sergio Hernández. Rating: NNN; DVD package: N Rating: NNN
Director Sebastián Lelio's refusal to manipulate our emotions, and star Paulina García's subtle, detailed performance give Gloria a resonance and depth that put most romances to shame.
Fifty-something Santiago office worker Gloria, 10 years divorced, likes to go dancing and get laid now and then. One night she meets Rodolfo (Sergio Hernández), and sex blossoms into romance. But he has some baggage: his demanding and financially dependent ex-wife and two grown daughters.
Gloria and Rodolfo work out their conflicts in simple, direct dialogue, but their slightest reactions suggest worlds of subtext. Without explanation, we understand Gloria's past, present and potential futures.
García delivers a remarkable performance, and Lelio's camera lingers to savour its refinements.
The extras consist entirely of three two-minute on-set promo clips cut to the disco music that figures prominently in the movie.
EXTRAS Promo clips. Spanish audio. English, Spanish subtitles.