Thursday, February 27, 2014

Gloria (Rhoades)

Front Row at the Movies

”Gloria” Examines Women of a Certain Age

Reviewed by Shirrel Rhoades

A woman of a certain age. The phrase denotes a woman no longer young, but not quite old. It’s a period that can promise more angst than encountered in puberty.

The phrase can be traced back to 1754. A 1979  book titled "Women of a Certain Age: The Midlife Search for Self" pegged it at 35 to 54. The New York Times has defined it as the age of 50 to 55.

In “Gloria” – the Chilean-Spanish film playing at the Tropic Cinema – the titular protagonist is 58, a divorcee with grown children on her own, lonely and looking for love.

Gloria (brilliantly played by Paulina García, a performance that garnered her the Silver Bear Best Actress Award at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival.) immerses herself in a whirlwind of singles’ parties. Eventually, she meets up with a guy named Rodolfo (Sergio Hernández), an ex-naval officer seven years her senior. Attracted to him, Gloria imagines a permanent relationship, but first before that can happen she has to deal with her own view of these so-called Golden Years.

Paulina García got her start in Chilean telenovelas, but has gone on to become recognized as a film actress, theater director, and playwright.

At 54, does she identify with Gloria? “If you’re asking about how I most identify with her,” says García, “I think it’s the passage where she moves from being a supporting role in other people’s lives to having a lead part in her own.”

The pivotal point in the film is “about realizing the moment in time in your life when you take control of it,” says Paulina García.

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