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Directed by Sebastián Lelio

Chile, 2012

Cornerhouse, 2 November 2013


This moving, memorable film is graced by a fine central performance by Paulina García.

As Gloria, divorced and with her children all grown up, goes from loneliness to love and back again, one cannot help but root for her.  The best scene is the one where she encounters a skeleton doing a dance of death.

She sings aloud and dances with abandon at the close, mind, a sure sign that she is in good spirits after giving her mindfuck of a boyfriend the old heave-ho.  And however you cut it, the bastard got off lightly.  For by rights he should have met the same fate as Philologus.

Not that I was overly invested in Gloria’s character, not at all.