Monday 23 October 2017

Youth for older folk

Gloria (No Cert, IFI, 110 minutes)

Director: Sebastian Lelio. Stars: Paulina Garcia, Sergio Hernandez, Diego Fontecilla.


In Hollywood films flirting, dancing, sex and loving are the exclusive preserve of the young and gorgeous, but Sebastian Lelio's delightful and perceptive Chilean drama reminds us that romance and lust don't die once you hit 50.

Gloria (Paulina Garcia) is a 58-year-old divorcee who isn't quite ready to settle into respectable old age. She regularly dolls herself up to go dancing at veteran disco clubs where she meets and sometimes sleeps with like-minded men.

She hopes for something more and thinks she's found it when she meets Rodolfo (Sergio Hernandez), a shy and chivalrous man in his 60s who courts Gloria with old-fashioned charm. But she soon suspects he's not the man he seems.

Lelio's film fluently and gracefully tells a story that seems slight yet is anything but. He uses everything from dancing to frank lovemaking to remind us that no one feels old – they just look it.

Irish Independent

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