Powered by naturalistic, unadorned performances and nuanced filmmaking, Little Men centers on Jake (Theo Taplitz), a 13-year-old who moves from Manhattan to Brooklyn with his parents (Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle) after his grandfather’s passing. Jake’s introspective nature (he’s budding artist) leads to very few friends. His fate takes a turn for the better after he befriends Tony (Michael Barbieri), the gregarious son of a dressmaker (Paulina Garcia) who owns a shop downstairs from Jake’s residence.
We live in an age populated by comic book heroes and four quadrant based projects, so thank the cinematic heavens for foreign films, indies and auteurs. One reason Gloria is on my to-watch list is Paulina Garcia’s well received performance as the titular character. Garcia won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival.
The narrative centers on a fiftysomething woman who finds fulfillment, and what one assumes is ensuing heartbreak, after having an affair with a divorcee named Rodolfo (Sergio Hernandez). Now that her kids are grown up and have children of their own, Gloria is looking for a bit of companionship herself, hence her love of social dance clubs in Santiago, Chile.
Directed by Sebastián Lelio, Gloria hits New York and Los Angeles theaters on January 24, and will be released in further cities the following weeks.
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