On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.
During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives and their culture.
The poem that Arnold reads to Gloria is called "For a Young Friend Who Tried to Take His Own Life" by Chilean poet Claudio Bertoni. See more »
When Gloria is at the paintball field, her guide (and boyfriend) is a former Marine and the manager/owner of the attraction. When he leaves the rifle in her hands, he points out it is on Automatic mode. Nevertheless, when Gloria shoots, according to the sound, as well as the results, it is obviously on Manual mode - shooting bullets one by one. See more »
In Gloria Bell, when Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart" can be a romantic coda, and Paul McCartney's No More Lonely Nights can be hopeful, while Gilbert O'Sullivan's Alone Again (Naturally) is the more accurate read, you can be assured we're in the Twilight Zone of a lonely 50 something divorcee looking for happiness or at least balance, not just of yoga. However, Gloria is played by the gorgeous Joanna Moore, so you know she has a few more chapters in her love book.
Writer-director Sebastian Lelio has re-worked his Chilean hit, Gloria, from six years ago, and it hasn't aged a bit. The music alone, a mix of disco, Latin, and pop, keeps the pace as frenetic and romantic as Gloria's searching heart. When she meets the unreliable Arnold (John Turturro) and falls for him, she eventually determines he is as toxic as his paint gun concession isn't. Her end to that romance is a classic.
The reason to see this dramedy about a middle-aged hunter is to bathe in the glamor and vulnerability of this highly-developed woman. Her tireless search for love in discos and bars is a metaphor for our own hunt until we work hard enough to merit the prize.
Through the disappointments that family brings to lonely hearts like Gloria's emerges a heart strong enough to keep up the good fight. It's all not glorious, but it is alive with moments of truth and love that give sustenance to the warrior.
Gloria Bell is an absorbing character study, for which Moore should be nominated, taking us through the joy of letting go through dance to immersing in affections ill-timed and disappointing. Yet, like the title, life has glorious moments, and this film captures those highs and lows with a performance the best of Moore's career. And Lilo's.
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