(Paulina García, Sergio Hernández, Diego Fontecilla, et al / DVD / R / 2014 / Lionsgate Films)
Overview: A story set in Santiago and centered on Gloria, a free-spirited older woman, and the realities of her whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer whom she meets out in the clubs.
DVD Verdict: Telling it like it is from the off, so you know just how good a film this truly is, 'Gloria' was an Official submission of Chile to the Oscars 2014 for the Best Foreign Language Film Category. I know, right!
In my oh so humble opinion, it is quite rare to find female portraits of real women, with all their imperfections, vulnerabilities, as well as their strength and courage. I have seen many movies trying to represent the female universe, but 'Gloria' is in my opinion one of the most accurate, honest, real I have ever seen.
In his picture there's not a single cliché , or pathetic, or melodramatic moment and the merit is to be given to Paulina Garcià who proves superb, she does not represent , she is a real woman, as if she were not playing. She offers such a variety of expressions, gestures , evidence of a great talent, her moments of joy are as intense as her down ones, proving always so charismatic and real.
In the end we stay disarmed in front of this woman, who lives her sometimes desperate search for life in front of us, and we cannot but sympathize, smile, cry and feel with her. But her merit is shared by the director, quite significantly a man, and a young man, surprisingly capable of offering a very sensitive and mature view of the female world, and an equally honest view of a rather miserable male universe. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Features of:
Behind-the-Scenes Musical Montage: 'Gloria' - 'Eres' - 'Fiesta Golden Seniors'