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“Gloria,” a charmer from Chile, is a character portrait of a woman the movies rarely notice: Divorced, hovering around 60, not especially interested in self-pity. Another country (ours, for instance) might try to make a feminist hero out of her or contrive a cozy romance. Director Sebastian Lelio is content to just watch her, and why shouldn’t he, given the sneakily delightful presence of Paulina Garcia in the title role?
The movie celebrates the daily work it takes to keep dignity and humor intact when the hour gets late and the men still act like babies. If there’s no one to dance with, do you dance by yourself? “Gloria” answers the question with a double-edge affirmation that lingers long in the memory and the heart.