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Gloria: The glory of life at a "certain" age @ PA Square

Gloria (Paulina García) is a "woman of a certain age" but still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo (Sergio Hernández). Their intense passion, to which Gloria gives her all, leaves her vacillating between hope and despair—until she uncovers a new strength and realizes that, in her golden years, she can shine brighter than ever. The film is exclusively and radically told from a single point of view—Gloria's—and Garcia's tour de force performance captured the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival. Chile's Official Selection for Best Foreign Language Film consideration at the 86th Academy Awards. Directed and co-written by Sebastián Lelio. (109 mins.)

"The great accomplishment of “Gloria,” the Chilean writer-director Sebastián Lelio’s astute, unpretentious and thrillingly humane new film, is that it acknowledges both sides of its heroine’s temperament without judgment or sentimentality." -- A.O. Scott, NY Times (Critics' Pick)

"Gloria is a day brightener of a character study about finding someone new and making the same old mistakes." -- Stephanie Merry, Washington Post

Show time is: 4:30 PM; we'll meet in the lobby starting around 4:00 PM.

If you want to have dinner after the movie, please add the comment "dinner," using the "Join the Conversation" box. I'm going to cap the table at a maximum of twelve (12) diners, so please keep your status current. 

Update: Dinner reservations are now closed, and we are over-subscribed. Dinner will be at Crepevine, on University Ave. (click for info), at around 7 PM, after the movie. The list of confirmed diners is noted in the Comments section below. Please update your status if your plans change. Thanks, and we'll see you there.

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  • Lisa

    While the acting was great, the story was not as inspiring as I thought it was going to be. But I do really like the music and this one is my favorite: Hugo Moraga plays Aguas de Marco
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Elr48vTdCic

    2 · February 16, 2014

    • Laura E.

      Lisa, you beat me to it! I just found the Aguas de Marco song on iTunes - it was my 2nd favorite song in the movie (I liked the dancing skeleton's music best).

      2 · February 16, 2014

    • Matt

      From the reviews, I wasn't sure if it was supposed to be comedic or inspiring. The final scene at the wedding was ambiguous. Was she happy with her aloneness, or was she merely resigned? Even if it was not uplifting, I enjoyed that it showed how she fought for a life, rather than just letting a life happen to her. Need more stories about women "of a certain age."

      1 · February 17, 2014

  • Matt

    Re: final scene. I thought the lyrics in the Laura Branigan version (about a woman moving too fast for her own good) fit the story better than the original Tozzi version (a love song by a man pining for a woman). The Branigan song is about a younger woman, but the words have a different meaning for the Gloria in this movie.

    2 · February 17, 2014

  • Matt

    Or perhaps we Waitlisters can meet after the movie and figure out dinner.

    February 16, 2014

  • ralph

    Dinner at the fish market sounds good

    February 16, 2014

  • edwina

    Sorry, cannot make it to movie and dinner after all. Hope someone can take my place for dinner.

    February 16, 2014

  • Laura E.

    Well, I didn't make it into the dinner list. Does anyone want to walk over to Fish Market?

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Lee

    Eager to see this film and meet some group members as this will be my first event with you. I can lead OR even walk the small (late) group of would-be diners over to California Avenue to Mediterranean Wraps, which is informal and very good, if the people who want to have dinner but didn't say so quickly enough, like me, would like that.

    February 15, 2014

    • Russ

      Lee, Welcome to the group! It would be great if you could gather the over-flow diners for Med Wraps. Thanks.

      February 16, 2014

  • Sharon J. B.

    I am so sorry that I will miss this event. I have vertigo.

    February 16, 2014

  • Russ

    First time I've ever seen this: Across all of their designated "Top Critics," Rotten Tomatoes rates Gloria at 99% positive! Check it out: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gloria_2012/reviews/?type=top_critics

    1 · February 15, 2014

  • Stephanie

    Wait list for dinner

    February 15, 2014

  • barbara n.

    please wait-list me for dinner

    February 15, 2014

  • Robert H.

    I can not make it. I am taking my mom to Romeo and Juliet tomorrow instead.

    February 15, 2014

  • Russ

    Dinner is over-subscribed by at least five people. If anyone would like to host another table somewhere, feel free to volunteer.

    February 15, 2014

  • Russ

    The following people are confirmed for dinner: Karen, Virginia, Robert Harker, Lisa, Sharon Berman, Angelo, Edwina, Karen, Brenda H., Carolyn Himmelgreen, and Josie. If your plans change, please update your comment. Thanks!

    February 15, 2014

  • Matt

    Dinner would be good.

    February 15, 2014

  • Laura E.

    Me too - dinner!

    February 15, 2014

  • Mimi

    dinner (if not too late for that)

    February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    With Sandy, dinner.

    February 15, 2014

  • josie

    dinner at fish market would be fun!

    February 15, 2014

  • Carolyn H.

    Sounds interesting. I would also like to go for dinner.

    February 15, 2014

  • Maria A.

    I'm working today. Sounds great.

    February 15, 2014

  • Maria A.

    I'm working today. Sounds great.

    February 15, 2014

  • Brenda H.

    Dinner

    February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    dinner

    February 14, 2014

  • Angelo

    Dinner

    1 · February 14, 2014

  • Philippe

    Will see it tomorrow! Can't wait! ;-)

    February 13, 2014

  • Lisa

    Dinner

    February 13, 2014

  • Virginia

    dinner

    February 12, 2014

  • Karen

    Dinner!

    February 12, 2014

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