TIFF Review: "Gloria Bell"
Sunday,September 16,2018 at 4:30PM
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byChris Feil

Naturally,English language remakes of already great (and recent,at that) foreign language treasures are a dubious business.But Sebastián Lelio's revisiting of his ownGloria,formery led by the immaculate Paulina García,presents a convincing alternative to other misguided or less effective attempts.Now titledGloria Belland starring Julianne Moore,this version is one not only worthy of its predecessor,but an equal that may even edge it out ever so slightly...

For the unfamiliar,the film follows long-time divorcee Gloria as her resolve is tested in the trials of love.Alone in Los Angeles,she spends time between her uneventful job and visits with her adult children by dancing in bars and singing in cars.Gloria is looking for love and finds a new suitor in Arnold (John Turturro),a man more recently divorced and not as detached.As their relationship develops,we watch as all fragments of Gloria's life are given equal significance to reveal her pathos - dealing with tumultuous neighbors,the odd toke of pot,and that cat that won't stay out of her house.

This transplanting to an American setting could somewhat be considered a glow up,taking advantage of the opportunity by developing a more distinct visual identity.Here the film's cascading neons reflect the heroine's emotional landscape more deeply,even if the Los Angeles environment is less informative for the character.But there is a more decisive and assured hand to Lelio's storytelling,a slightly leaner take that still maintains the original's uplift and depth of feeling.While the fact that precious little has changed (right down to some shots being recreated outright),our fears of something less inspired fades quickly into the film's haze of disco-tinged compassion.

Lelio keeps this character study warm and curious,resulting in a film that doesn't overplay her melancholy or reduce her brushes with awkwardness to mocking laughter.When we laugh at her earnestness,we do so because Lelio invites us to see ourselves in Gloria,our own ailing spirits mundanely searching for some source of renewal.The film is designed to make Gloria an audience surrogate,but through specificity rather than the vague tactics of lesser crowdpleasers.When she triumphs,the film builds to something euphoric.

Bellis a balm,and in great part because we get to see one of our greatest actresses operating brilliantly in a different mode and without breaking a sweat.Though the film lacks the sense of discovery we had when Paulina García came into our hearts,it does have some added undercurrent of excitement to see Julianne Moore flex her (underrated,to this viewer) comedic muscles.Moore is as comprehensive in characterization as ever and also as subtle,crafting a complete person before our eyes that we feel exists outside the film's limits.Much as the film succeeds by not overplaying its hand until she explodes,the actress keeps us invested in every micronuance in her reactions by finding honesty in the everyday - she's still the best show in town.Bonus points for dance moves.

Gloria Bellanswers the "why?"grumbles with an offhand "why not?",allowing both versions to exist and delight us tremendously and provide a complex portrait of a woman most films would find uncomplicated.No film has ever used "Total Eclipse of the Heart"as well as this,so there's also that.

Grade:B+

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