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Gloria: New York Film Festival 2013

Remember this name: Paulina García. She’s the main reason to catch this Chilean drama about an elderly divorcée perpetually...

New York Film Festival 2013: Gloria

Remember this name: Paulina García. She’s the main reason to catch this Chilean drama about an elderly divorcée perpetually pining for another chance at love. Hope appears in the form of a gallant single gentleman (Sergio Hernández); it’s a given that Mr. Right 2.0 isn’t the stand-up guy he appears to be, so it’s just a question of how much heartbreak Gloria will endure. For a while, director Sebastián Lelio refuses to give in to either Haneke-ish ugliness or Miramax-style sentimentality—until the late-act appearance of a paintball gun and a dance-floor victory lap regrettably nudge things toward option two. But after seeing García’s award-winning performance, you won’t really care about the AARP-pandering aspects. Funny, sexy, sad, vulnerable and ultimately tenacious, her Gloria is one of the most complex, fully fleshed-out over-50 females to ever hit screens. Click for showtimes.—David Fear

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