Gloria Bell

For a while this film reminded me a lot of Blue Jasmine.  In that film Cate Blanchet took an otherwise-mediocre film and made it pretty good.  Julianne Moore is that good – probably her best work since Far From Heaven.  To be fair this film is better than that one (if nothing else the supporting cast is superior) but it certainly isn’t going to be for everyone.  It is definitely a character study and it requires that the audience really be patient and work for the reward.  If you’re the type that wants plot and story spelled out for you for easy consumption this film isn’t for you.

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Movie title: Gloria Bell

Movie description: Gloria is a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. After meeting Arnold on a night out, she finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with both the joys of budding love and the complications of dating, identity, and family.

Date published: 2019-10-25

Director(s): Sebastián Lelio

Actor(s): Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Alanna Ubach, Michael Cera, Sean Astin, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Brad Garrett, Holland Taylor, Rita Wilson, Caren Pistorius, Cassi Thomson, Tyson Ritter, Chris Mulkey, Barbara Sukowa, Jenica Bergere

Genre: Drama, Romance

My Review

For a while this film reminded me a lot of Blue Jasmine.  In that film Cate Blanchet took an otherwise-mediocre film and made it pretty good.  Julianne Moore is that good – probably her best work since Far From Heaven.  To be fair this film is better than that one (if nothing else the supporting cast is superior) but it certainly isn’t going to be for everyone.  It is definitely a character study and it requires that the audience really be patient and work for the reward.  If you’re the type that wants plot and story spelled out for you for easy consumption this film isn’t for you.

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