Gloria (2013)

Director: Sebastián Lelio.
Starring: Paulina García, Sergio Herndández. Chile/Spain 2013. 109 mins. Spanish with English subtitles.

Gloria (García) is a 58-year-old Chilean trying to make the most of her freedom as a divorcee – energetically clubbing, drinking a little too much, putting herself before her family – but inwardly hoping to find romance for perhaps one last time. Out dancing one night she meets the more recently divorced Rodolfo (Herndández), who seems to share the same hunger for new life and new love – but he isn’t quite what he seems. Subtly dominating every scene in this vibrant and compassionate film, seasoned TV actress Paulina García delivers a mesmerising performance as the titular heroine, one moment achingly vulnerable, the next confidently resilient. Lelio’s script, co-written with regular collaborator Gonzalo Maza, also posts sly observations on Chile’s acquisitive middle classes and their moral impotence, but García’s performance alone is reason enough to see this Berlin Film Festival multi-award-winner.

Club and Group screenings

Mon 10th Apr 18.45 Plus short film One Last Dance: Time moves in one direction, memory in another. Set in the faded grandeur of Herne Bay on the Kent coast, One Last Dance tells the story of three generations of men, lost love and the intimacy of a dance Ad Free: No advertisements or trailers will play ahead of this screening. You are recommended to arrive promptly. Kicking Ass: Middle Aged Women On Screen: Each screening is preceded by an award winning short film from the Women Over Fifty Film Festival.

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