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“Gloria Bell” Shows Her Wild Side

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

It’s Julianne Moore at her best showing the great performer she is in a romantic comedy with heartbreak. As Gloria Bell she makes the lead role compelling and full of life giving her all and even more. It’s perfect for a date night so grab your best guy or gal and check it out. And it has an explosion of a sound track that includes “Gloria” by Laura Branigan and “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler.

A steady visitor to the night club scene Gloria (Julianne Moore) dances away the hours with men she meets at the bar after a long day working at an insurance office. Not a spring chicken and divorced, she has been an easy mark for any kind of romance as long as she can dance. Her family has supported her, especially her mother who’s constantly in her life either on the cell or showing up for lunch. But, her life is starting to be empty, that is until she meets Arnold (John Turturro), a free spirited guy who asks her out. From then on Gloria starts to blossom all over again, even showing him off to her ex-husband.

Julianne Moore as Gloria in Gloria Bell from A24

Director Sebastian Lelio takes a second look at the scrip he wrote and filmed in 2013 in Santiago, Chile, and casts English speaking actors for the roles with a setting in L.A. It’s a chance however for Moore to shine in a vibrant role and as Gloria she nails it, breathing life into the woman’s boring past. Lelio knows how to work his actors and he puts Turturro through his paces as the guy who picks up Gloria and makes her a believer in him.

Julianne Moore as Gloria and John Turturro as Arnold in Gloria Bell from A24

While the whole cast contributes to the film, it’s really a showpiece for Julianne Moore who becomes Gloria and shows the woman’s wild side. It’s as if she has been Gloria forever, but never has had the opportunity to show how much talent she really has. I enjoyed her performance and there’s a couple of scenes where she opens up for the camera for a roll in the hay showing her exceptional beauty.

Julianne Moore as Gloria in Gloria Bell From A24

Gloria Bell has been rated R for sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use. The film targets women, but the men should enjoy it as well.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A superb and vibrant performance by Julianne Moore makes the film a winner. (4 out of 5 Stars)

Additional Film Information:
Cast: Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Alanna Ubach, Caren Pistorius, Michael Cera, Brad Garrett, Rita Wilson
Directed and written by: Sebastian Lelio
Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy
MPAA Rating:  R for sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use
Running Time: 1 hr. 42 min
Opening Date: March 22, 2019
Distributed by: A24
Released in: Standard

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