Thursday, March 08, 2018

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Gloria (2013)

Rodolfo: If I were a peach, you would be a tree.
And if you were a tree, I would be its sap,
flowing through your branches like blood.
And if I were blood, I would live in your heart...

A very happy 44th birthday to Chilean director Sebastián Lelio, who just won an Oscar this past weekend for his magnificent film A Fantastic Woman - and even better than that dumb ol' Oscar is the news that his movie placed 9th on our list of our favorite movies of the year that we posted earlier this week!

As far as art-house foreign films are concerned Gloria was a great big and deserving international hit for Lelio in 2013 (I wrote a small capsule review of it right here - I am sad I didn't call it "Gloria-ous!"); it got him noticed by the right people, anyway. He's in the process of remaking the movie with Julianne Moore in the lead right now - part of does worry that a woman as gorgeous and glamorous as Moore might have trouble convincing us of middle-aged dowdiness? Paulina García in the original is obviously a beautiful woman but not in the same way as Moore, whose bone structure regularly cuts the screen to ribbons. Then again I suppose Moore did well enough in The Hours playing a frumpy hausfrau - I should never doubt Juli's abilities.

Before that remake of Gloria comes out though we've got Lelio's real first English-language debut to contend with, and right quick too - his movie Disobediance starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams as hot lesbian lovers closeted in an Orthodox Jewish community is out at the end of April, and it was just announced yesterday to be screening as part of the Tribeca Film Festival just before that. 

And yes that is Alessandro Nivola all bearded and suited up playing McAdams' hubby. We posted the trailer alongside our review of A Fantastic Woman, see (and read) that here. We are very very much looking forward to this movie - the reviews in Toronto were good if not quite as ecstatic as the ones that've greeted Lelio's previous two movies but I'm pretty primed all the same. Several pictures got released yesterday; you can hit the jump for them all...

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