(Chile, Spain, 2012, 109 mins, DCP)
CAST Paulina García, Sergio Hernández, Diego Fontecilla, Fabiola Zamora, Coca Guazzini
EXEC PRODS Juan Ignacio Correa, Mariane Hartard, Rocio Jadue, Andrea Carrasco Stuven
PRODS Juan de Dios Larrain, Pablo Larrain, Sebastian Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
SCR Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
CAM Benjamín Echazarreta
EDS Sebastián Lelio, Soledad Salfate
PROD DES Marcela Urivi
PROD CO Fabula / Muchas Gracias / Nephilim
The Sunday, October 6 screening of Gloria is a special tribute to Waldo Brino, a community leader in the celebration of Chilean culture in Vancouver.


The Berlin competition was lacking any consensus favourites until Gloria, a splendidly written comedy-drama from Chile’s Sebastián Lelio, which sent everyone out with a cheery grin and prompted instant awards speculation. It’s a movie about self-worth, and introduces us to… a lonely divorcée living in Santiago who decides to hit the senior singles scene, with decidedly mixed success.

Paulina García, an actress barely known outside of Chilean television, has you on her side from the first frame, and drives the character along a beautifully engineered sine wave of hope, heartbreak, desperation and ruefulness. There’s a great scene when she tickles herself pink by dropping her current beau’s constantly bleating mobile phone into a bowl of soup, a gesture he pretends to find droll and romantic while wiping it off in silent fury…

A night out drinking, gambling and being slobbered on in a resort casino ends with a crisp cut to Gloria lying on the beach with only one shoe—we fill in the blanks. A Hollywood remake is instantly conceivable—Sigourney Weaver should snap up the rights—but meanwhile, the Best Actress prize here is clearly García’s to lose. [She won.]—Tim Robey, Telegraph

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