GLORIA BELL poster

I admit, in a world full of sci-fi adventures, big blockbuster action superhero movies, I’ve kind of forgotten about those feel good indie films that I used to love so much. GLORIA BELL, the new film starring Juilanne Moore, is delightful, charming and at times entirely too real. Moore is so good in the role that I wouldn’t be surprised if we see her on some award ballots. This is a movie you have to see with your girlfriends, sisters, moms, any woman who’s close to middle age or past will empathize with the heroine.

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Gloria (Julianne Moore) is a free-spirited, middle-aged divorcee who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at high-end dance clubs around Los Angeles. After meeting Arnold (John Turturro) on a night out, she suddenly finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with both the joys of budding love and the complications of mature dating. From Academy Award-winning director Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman, Disobedience) comes a sophisticated romantic comedy that shows love can strike at any time, relationships are never simple, and nothing can get you down as long as you keep dancing

Director Sebastián Lelio wrote and directed the 2013 Spanish film GLORIA which is what this American version is based off of. I mean, really they took the screenplay and basically did it in English with some minor adjustments for culture. That’s the power of the film’s story. Lelio said in a statement, “I am often asked ‘Why a re-imagining of your own film?’ I could talk for hours as to why, but there’s one very simple answer: Because of my admiration for Julianne Moore.”

Julianne Moore in GLORIA BELL

Julianne Moore in GLORIA BELL.

Gloria plays second fiddle to so many people in her own life and I completely resonated with that. I cannot tell you how long I’m in the kitchen; making food, cleaning up food, fixing drinks, prepping dinner, making dinner, cleaning up dinner. It goes on and on and on, I don’t have to tell you this, if you’re a mom you get it. What’s brilliant about the movie is how we get to see just how vital and important Gloria is in the lives of those around her, even when she feels like she’s not the heroine in her own story.

And seriously, where are these nice dance clubs in Minnesota? I am by no means a dancer but I would totally love to go dancing just to feel that exhilarating feeling of movement and music. You can see GLORIA BELL at a few local theaters so make sure to look it up on Google to find the theater closest to you.

GLORIA BELL in theaters now