Somehow this 1970 reaffirmation of woman alone set me back. Is the self-sufficient woman the subject of thematic acclaim still? This Chilean film directed by 39 year old Sebastien Lelio seems like a throwback.”Gloria” disappoints because the viewer learns nothing new and sees nothing new. A sixty year old woman discovers one is basically alone, though not necessary lonely. Even given her glaucoma drops, her sightlessness is more akin to a 30 year-old partaking in risky behavior. Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” needs to be more like ” I Feel The Need To Love Myself”.

Paulina Garcia stars. She reminds me of an unglamorus Annette Bening here, but I was not charmed by her late coming of age. The hairless cat scenes, the frisky disco romps and oldster intimate grapplings, the numbing and sound enhancing drugs were ho-hum retro. Just like I found this well-celebrated film.

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Christine Muller

Carrying a torch for film is what I have done for over forty years, thus the flambleau flamed when I was urged to start a blog. Saving suitcase loads of ticket stubs was no longer relevent so I had to change the game. Film has been important for me in the classroom and a respite for me outside of it. No other art form seems to edge the frayed seams of life as neatly as when a film is done well. I am happy that over one-hundred countries have citizens viewing my thoughts on Word Press, and a few leaving their own with me. Over thirteen hundred comments to date, and over three hundred films reviewed.

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