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Gloria Bell (Bilingual)
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June 4 2019
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|Contributor||Gloria Bell, Sean Astin, Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Sebastián Lelio, Michael Cera|
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- Language : English, French
- Parcel Dimensions : 19.05 x 13.46 x 1.52 cm; 20 Grams
- Director : Sebastián Lelio
- Media Format : NTSC
- Release date : June 4 2019
- Actors : Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Michael Cera, Sean Astin
- Subtitles: : English, French
- Studio : VVS Films
- ASIN : B07RPP2KTB
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Gloria (Julianne Moore) is a free-spirited, middle-aged divorcee who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on the dance floor. After meeting Arnold (John Turturro) on a night out, she suddenly finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with both the joys of budding love and the complications of mature dating. <br /> Gloria (Julianne Moore), divorcée libre d’esprit d’un certain âge, passe ses journées dans un bureau d’assurances et ses nuits sur les planchers de danse des boîtes de nuit haut de gamme de Los Angeles. Après avoir fait la rencontre d’Arnold (John Turturro) lors d’une soirée, elle se retrouve au cœur d’une romance inattendue, ce qui la remplira de joie à la vue de cet amour en pleine éclosion, mais la mettra aussi face aux complexités des relations passés la quarantaine.
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Sebastian Lelio’s indie romance drama Gloria Bell (2019) is sweet art film giving middle aged women a chance to be free and find love again. I love the inspired and brave resolution to Gloria Bell that allows for Gloria to just move on and live her life. Lelio’s direction is very loose this time again instead of his previous stricter structure. He coasts from scene to scene for a natural progression through Gloria’s day to day life, but this can feel aimless at times. The pace is a bit slow towards the middle, but you are very satisfied with where things end up. Lelio continues to be an expressive and original director with his own flair, but I do prefer Disobedience and A Fantastic Woman more than Gloria Bell. Lelio’s writing feels real and authentic to a woman of Gloria’s age, which is refreshing to see. Gloria Bell is however, is a powerful depiction of a woman trying to be happy.
Julianne Moore is outstanding and engaging as Gloria Bell herself. She is funny, sweet, sad, tragic, and sympathetic. You are always rooting for her no matter how bad things get. Moore gives Gloria a genuine good heart and realistic persona. John Turturro is great as Gloria’s love interest Arthur, who is not who he says he is at all. Turturro makes Arthur almost charming, but still distant. They are riveting as the leads in Gloria Bell.
Michael Cera, Brad Garrett, Holland Taylor, Sean Astin, and Rita Wilson all have nice supporting roles or cameos. They help build the atmosphere of loneliness surrounding Gloria. I really appreciated the endearing and empathetic performance from Caren Pistorius as Gloria’s daughter Anne.
Natasha Braier’s cinematography is a gorgeous blur of purples glowing over everything. I found Gloria Bell to just look like a beautiful film. The wide shots outside and the medium shots everywhere else all feel isolating and intimate at the same time. Soledad Salfate’s editing is creative, but not always coherent. You suddenly jump to another place or time without context, so I can see some audiences losing focus of what just happened. Salfate cuts several clever jump cuts as transitions with neat references to what was just on screen connecting that to what is now on screen. Gloria Bell is well shot and edited for what it’s worth.
I absolutely love the main theme to Gloria Bell. Matthew Herbert’s score is awesome with a fun synth sound of pleasant melodies. The 1980’s themed soundtrack is delightful, especially as Julianne Moore sings along to most of these popular tunes.
In short, Gloria Bell is a cool art film that plods along a bit too much, but is astoundingly realistic and genuinely moving. Julianne Moore gives one of her best performances as an actress for Gloria Bell, despite the rest of the movie not entirely working.