Gloria Bell (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir: Sebastian Lelio, Chile / US, 2018, 90 mins

Cast: Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Brad Garrett, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Caren Pistorius, Michael Cera, Holland Tayler

Review by Carlie Newman

It is really good to have a film addressing the particular concerns of a middle-aged/older woman! Julianne Moore plays 58-year-old Gloria in this re-make of Sebastian Lelio’s own 2013 film set in Chile.

Here Lelio has the film take place in Los Angelis. We find Moore is a divorced woman in her 50s, with two grown-up children, Anne (Caren Pistorius) and Peter (Michael Cera), who are very busy with their own lives and have little time to spare for their mother. She frequents bars where there is dancing and single men. She is now single, working in the daytime and more than willing to mingle at night.

She meets and is bowled over by John Turturro’s sexy Arnold. Their love seems to blossom, but all is not well. He is constantly interrupted by his mobile phone ringing. It is always his clinging ex-wife or demanding daughters wanting help. He always drops everything and rushes to help them. He even leaves Gloria in a hotel on a weekend away in Las Vegas. Interesting here to note how independent-minded Gloria calls her own mother, Hillary (Holland Tayler), to come and rescue her. How she deals with all this is not in your usual rom-com manner and it has a very good ending!

The smaller parts are all well-acted and there is a good feeling of naturalness about the whole movie.

Gloria prides herself on being self-sufficient and although she is friendly with her ex-husband, Dustin (Brad Garrett) and his partner, Fiona (Jeanne Tripplehorn) she is lonely. Joanne Moore brings just the right amount of sensitivity to the part. She displays her character’s feelings of solitude, succumbing to love and being let down. John Turturro is once more coming into his own. Here he is an older guy who really wants romance but is not mature enough to deal with his old family and make the most of a new opportunity.

Well worth seeing!