At her son’s intimate birthday dinner, the title character (Paulina Garcia, who took Best Actress at Berlin) of this wonderful, well paced film, a divorcee in her late fifties, reflects on life’s “twists and turns.” The celebrants, who have all been involved in her crossroads, include her grown children, who don’t spend much time with her anymore; the estranged husband she hasn’t seen in nearly 13 years and his pretty, much younger wife; and a white-haired senior, Rodolfo (Sergio Hernandez), whom she introduces, in a huge leap of faith, as her partner, even though they only recently met at a disco club for the middle-aged and over that is her escape hatch.
The label is pushing it. Like singles half her age, Gloria’s goal is less about dancing than finding a guy to get it on with and maybe, just maybe, fall in love with. She defies the stereotypes of women at a certain age. Their first night together the pair screw exuberantly with their imperfect bodies fully exposed (he wears a girdle). (Howard Feinstein)