Thursday, February 20, 2014

No Expiration Date on Romance


It’s Never Too Late To Love Again

By Skip Sheffield

It’s not easy being single again, not matter what your age or where you live.
“Gloria” is a film from Chile. The title character is a woman of “a certain age;” in this case probably mid-50s.
Paula Garcia, who won the Silver Bear Best Actress Award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, plays Gloria, a woman divorced for 12 years and still looking.
Gloria is an outgoing woman who works at an office in Santiago. At night she gets dressed up and goes to dance clubs. Gloria is still attractive. She loves to dance. She gets hit on a lot and seems to enjoy the attention. Then one night she meets Rodolfo (Sergio Hernandez), a tall, handsome man about her same age. He is a retired naval office who owns an amusement park. It’s one of those love-at-first-sight moments, and it’s not long until Gloria and Rodolfo are head over heels and rolling in each other’s arms.
Written and directed by Sebastian Lelio, “Gloria” is unabashedly sexy, and Paula Garcia is not afraid to bare her all. Her character however, is less certain of the passion she feels for a man who may not feel the same. Rodolfo has only been divorced a year, and his life his still dominated by his ex-wife and three demanding daughters.
“Gloria” is funny, especially when she challenges Rodolfo. It is also melancholy when things don’t turn out as hoped.
“Gloria” is never a downer though. It offers the upbeat hope that passion never dies as long as you stay open to the prospect.


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