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Gloria Bell (2018)

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A free-spirited woman in her 50s seeks out love at L.A. dance clubs.

Director:

Sebastián Lelio

Writers:

Alice Johnson Boher (adapted screenplay), Sebastián Lelio | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Moore ... Gloria
John Turturro ... Arnold
Caren Pistorius ... Anne
Michael Cera ... Peter
Brad Garrett ... Dustin
Holland Taylor ... Hillary
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Fiona
Rita Wilson ... Vicky
Chris Mulkey ... Charlie
Cassi Thomson ... Virginia
Tyson Ritter ... Neighbor
Jesse Erwin ... Theo
Chopper Bernet ... 60 Year Old Gentleman
Gerard Sanders ... 65 Year Old Gentleman
Sam Behrens ... Man 1
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Storyline

A free-spirited woman in her 50s seeks out love at L.A. dance clubs.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Love. Life.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Chile | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gloria See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$145,218, 10 March 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,611,123, 23 May 2019
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »


Soundtracks

Prelude in D Minor, BWV 926
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Nicolás Quinteros
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The best character study currently in films.
23 March 2019 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

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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