Gloria Cumplido is a 58-year-old divorcée with no intention of staying home and wait for the phone to ring. She goes to parties to dance, drink and meet men. One night she meets Rodolfo also recently divorced. They start a passionate relationship. But Rodolfo seems unable to ignore the demands made by his children and the ex-wife. This was the Chilean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscar but it failed to get the nomination. What makes this film stand out is the frank exploration of the sexual life of the middle-aged main character. Gloria and Rodolfo are seen in bed naked (both frontal at times). Actress Paulina Garcia in an amazing performance, seems unafraid to explore her character’s failings. We see Gloria dance, drink, smoke pot, have sex, laugh, cry and bungee-jumping. It’s no wonder Garcia won best actress at the Berlin film festival. She is well supported by Sergio Hernández as Rodolfo. Thanks must be given to Sebastián Lelio for a strong screenplay and an assured hand as director. Recommended.
In Spanish with English subtitles.