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A free-spirited woman in her 50s seeks out love at L.A. dance clubs.

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Sebastián Lelio

Writers:

Alice Johnson Boher (adapted screenplay), Sebastián Lelio | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Moore ... Gloria
John Turturro ... Arnold
Caren Pistorius ... Anne
Michael Cera ... Peter
Brad Garrett ... Dustin
Holland Taylor ... Hillary
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Fiona
Rita Wilson ... Vicky
Chris Mulkey ... Charlie
Cassi Thomson ... Virginia
Tyson Ritter ... Neighbor
Jesse Erwin ... Theo
Chopper Bernet ... 60 Year Old Gentleman
Gerard Sanders ... 65 Year Old Gentleman
Sam Behrens ... Man 1
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A free-spirited woman in her 50s seeks out love at L.A. dance clubs.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Love. Life.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

Chile | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gloria See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$145,218, 10 March 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,611,123, 23 May 2019
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The poem that Arnold reads to Gloria is called "For a Young Friend Who Tried to Take His Own Life" by Chilean poet Claudio Bertoni. See more »

Goofs

When Gloria is at the paintball field, her guide (and boyfriend) is a former Marine and the manager/owner of the attraction. When he leaves the rifle in her hands, he points out it is on Automatic mode. Nevertheless, when Gloria shoots, according to the sound, as well as the results, it is obviously on Manual mode - shooting bullets one by one. See more »


Soundtracks

Never Can Say Goodbye
Written by Clifton Davis
Performed by Gloria Gaynor
Published by Jobete Music Co Inc., Portable Music Co. Inc.
Courtesy of Universal Music
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Julianne Moore shines and sings
21 March 2019 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Having previously mentioned my general annoyance at the frequency of which the 'Americanization' of World Cinema projects occur, I was initially dismayed to hear about the remake of the excellent Chilean film GLORIA. That 2013 featured a terrific performance from Paulina Garcia, and provided a grounded look at life of a single woman of a certain age. However, when it was announced that the American version would be directed by Sebastian Lelio, who also directed the earlier version, and that it would star Julianne Moore in the lead role, the idea became much more palatable.

Oscar winner (and 4 time nominee) Julianne Moore has been one of our more interesting actors since she jumped off the screen (in a supporting role) in 1992's THE HAND THAT ROCKED THE CRADLE. She's now approaching 60 years of age, and is a true master at capturing the essence of a character. She brings Gloria Bell to life in the most believable and grounded manner possible. Rather than a movie caricature, Gloria is a real woman. She plugs away at her daily work in the insurance business. She belts out the songs on the radio as she drives her car. She gets annoyed at the stray cat who sneaks into her apartment. She smokes and drinks. She tries to be part of her adult kids' lives. She tries to ignore, but ultimately reports the loud noises from her upstairs neighbor to her landlord. She loves dancing in clubs with men she doesn't know, or even alone. In conclusion, Gloria lives her life.

Much of the film focuses on the odd developing relationship Gloria has with Arnold (John Turturro). Their eyes meet across the dance floor, spend some time chit-chatting, and soon, his Velcro-back brace is being ripped off. As with many folks, Arnold's baggage is more burden than history. He seems to be in an unhealthy marriage with ultra-dependent grown daughters and a wife who can't get through a day without his help. The cell phone ring becomes a running gag ... one Gloria finds little humor in.

Supporting work is provided by Sean Astin (a Las Vegas mistake), Brad Garrett (Gloria's ex), Jeanne Tripplehorn (Garrett's new wife), and Holland Taylor (Gloria's mom). Each of these characters get a brief sub-story, as do Gloria's grown kids, played by Michael Cera and Caren Pistorius. With the son's marriage in shambles, and the daughter heading to Sweden to live with a man, Gloria experiences the trials and tribulations of life while still looking for meaning and companionship ... each a search worth pursuing.

Alice Johnson Boher adapted the screenplay for this version from the original by director Sebastian Lelio and Gonzalo Maza. She refrains from the usual American melodrama or corniness, and instead delivers something to which the actors and viewers can easily relate. The fine line between independence and loneliness is in a delicate balance, and one that's deftly handled here. And of course, there are scenes that are elevated thanks to the brilliance of Julianne Moore's performance. All in all, fans of GLORIA will not be disappointed ... just lay off the post-yoga cigarette.


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