• It’s an odd entry in the archives because it’s almost the same screenplay as Lelio’s 2013 film Gloria.  It makes me think of Haneke’s Funny Games—a foreign-language remake here in English by the same auteur. The main difference here is that from 2013 to 2018 Lelio has improved as a visual director and this 2018 film, Gloria Bell, makes a great visual pairing with Lelio’s best film (2017’s A Fantastic Woman) with the strong use of neon color and lighting. The story of survival—the narrative—is shared with all three films
  • The formal elements present in the 2013 film are here—it’s a repetition (not as calculated like WKW) of Gloria in the car singing along (instead of Chilean music they go with 70’s and 80’s soft rock or disco which is a great choice), dancing in the club (neons galore), smoking, her loud neighbor annoying her in the house, the phone ringing, cat
  • To the point about the use of neon and color, their escape date here is to Vegas, I love the escalator shot with the lighting (Lelio doesn’t hold this nearly long enough actually)- these are solely in the 2018 version
  • the 360 drunk shot, the closing shot of her choosing to continue to dance—all of these are in the 2013 version
  • Julianne Moore—one of the greats- is good here- as is John Turturro—but I do think the two leads are a little stronger in the 2013 film
  • Recommend but not near the top 10 of 2018