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Ciné Sunday: Gloria Bell

Sebastián Lelio

In a bold move by Chilean director and Oscar winner Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman, Disobedience), Gloria Bell is an English language remake of his own film (2013’s Gloria), this time starring Julianne Moore as a divorced mother having a coming-of-age experience later in life.

"A sophisticated, mature but uplifting romantic comedy..."

With the story relocated from Santiago to Los Angeles, Gloria (Moore) is a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a strait-laced office job and her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around the city. After meeting Arnold (John Turturro) on a night out, she finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with both the joys of budding love and the complications of dating, identity and family.

Loyal to the original story (with many scenes remade shot-by-shot), Gloria Bell still feels excitingly fresh, with Julianne Moore bringing her own quirky sensibility to the role. Like all his previous films, Lelio once again displays his gift for telling stories that feel true, approaching his characters with a warm and honest touch. The result is a sophisticated, mature but uplifting romantic comedy that shows love can strike at any time, and nothing can get you down as long as you keep dancing.