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304 Ratings

Gloria Bell

Directed by Sebastián Lelio
Chile, United States, 2018
Drama, Comedy


Gloria, an independent divorcee in her 50s, adores her adult children, but she’s interested in being more than a grandmother. She loves to spend her evenings dancing in singles clubs, hoping to meet Mr. Right. Until she meets Arnold at the bar, with whom she starts an uneasy romance.

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Gloria Bell Directed by Sebastián Lelio
I drew close to this Gloria in particular, and watched with relief as she danced into a realm of her own, beyond compare.
March 08, 2019
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There is a kind of daring in the film’s very modesty, in Lelio’s decision to forego the thrills of melodrama and the lure of glamour to follow an unexceptional woman, a divorcee, through the peaks and valleys of her days—gentle peaks and valleys that wound her pride but never crush her spirit.
March 01, 2019
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The film undertakes its own step-by-step journey toward clarity and confidence, so winning over its world-premiere audience that they applauded with gusto, not just after but during the film. Some films at TIFF are small and others are self-consciously Big; Gloria Bell was a rare case of a movie from the former category that reveals itself, slowly but surely, as one of the latter.
September 27, 2018
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