The Chilean Sebastian Lelo-directed film Gloria has already garnered awards and accolades from festivals and critics around the world, with praise being heaped on its direction and the lead performance of Paulina Garcia as the 58-year-old divorcée title character. The film chiefly follows her as she begins a romance with Rodolpho (Sergio Hernandez), another senior who claims to have recently been divorced from his wife, though his two grown daughters are still deeply dependent upon him. Gloria also has two kids with whom she is close, a son caring for a newborn and a daughter who is pregnant with a man from Sweden who she’ll soon be joining in his home country. Last weekend it made its way back to Toronto, playing at Varsity Cinema after being shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Unfortunately, Gloria is apparently one of those not-too-uncommon cases of a film loved by ‘the critics’ for incomprehensible reasons. Long, boring, and filled with all the senior citizen sex one could ever want to see, it’s difficult to think of any reason for which to recommend Gloria. Other than perhaps as an educational film on avoiding dating in later life.
While competently made and performed, it was never particularly funny, insightful, moving, or interesting, and featured a number of subplots that all seemed pointless. Admittedly, as a single, 23-year-old Canadian male I was not the target demographic of this film, but assuming most critics who saw the movie were not single, middle-aged women, it’s baffling that any review commended it for being anything other than tolerable.