A divorcée lives for the little things.
“The smile of Julianne Moore is one of the delights of modern cinema,” said Anthony Lane in The New Yorker. Hers is the smile of someone who knows life can’t be relied upon to be delightful, and the 58-year-old actress wears it well playing the title character in Sebastián Lelio’s remake of his own Spanish-language drama Gloria. Moore’s Gloria, a divorcée with two adult children, is lonely but living her best life. She works in insurance, attends laughter therapy classes, dances to disco at a singles bar, and belts out pop songs in her car. Pretty ordinary stuff, but “the genius of Moore is how plausibly she fills the spaces of ordinary living.” One night, Gloria falls for a fellow divorcé, played by John Turturro, who is still emotionally attached to his ex-wife, said Peter Debruge in Variety. “Moore is great, but Turturro is a revelation.” He makes the cowardly character almost as multilayered as Gloria. The pair’s hesitant romance follows a conventional course, “but there is expansive emotional terrain being explored here, a landscape of setbacks and moments of cautious hope that Moore articulates beautifully,” said Richard Lawson in VanityFair.com. “Her work in Gloria Bell is almost therapeutic in all its rich insight. We’re lucky to have her.”
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