Gloria Bell starring Julianne Moore as Gloria and John Turturro as Arnold, is about two fifty-something divorcees who find love on the dance floor, and how they navigate new found romance, adult kids and ex-spouses. It is a triumph to see a woman after fifty as a central character in a movie today, especially when the movie is more genuine than not, as opposed to The Book Club, though The Book Club was fun.
Arnold is newly divorced, and gets phone calls (and he answers) from his two daughters and wife when he is with Gloria, even right after Arnold reads a Claudio Bertoni poem to a rapt Gloria: If you were the sea, I’d be a beach. And if you were still the sea, I’d be a fish, and I’d swim in you. And if you were the sea, I’d be salt…
Gloria too has her flaws. Strong is not a word you’d use to describe her. But that’s whats interesting about this movie. Gloria shows us how to fill our spaces with our self and how to keep moving forward.
The movie is almost word for word a remake of a 2013 Chilean original also called Gloria, by the same director, Sebastian Lelio. See Gloria Bell for the luminous and incandescent Julianne Moore, see the 2013 version on YouTube or Amazon for a grittier, sexier, more satisfying movie.
Movies with flawed women 50+ as the heroine–see both! 😍 #Gloria #GloriaBell