New York Magazine

The Do-Over

A divorcée returns to the dating pool in Gloria Bell.
Julianne Moore

GLORIA BELL

DIRECTED BY SEBASTIÁN LELIO.

A24. R.

WOMAN AT WAR

DIRECTED BY BENEDIKT ERLINGSSON.

MAGNOLIA PICTURES.

NR.

AT AN EMOTIONAL LOW POINT in Gloria Bell, the title character (Julianne Moore) drives along listening to Gilbert O’Sullivan’s tenderly fatalistic “Alone Again (Naturally)”—“In my hour of need / I truly am indeed / Alone again, naturally”—a state the Chilean director Sebastián Lelio evokes easily, like someone who knows it well. As he proved in the original Chilean Gloria (2013), the Oscar-winning A Fantastic Woman (2017), and the lesbian drama Disobedience (2017),

Lelio has a knack for bonding with characters (lately female and transgender) who aren’t merely lonely but find themselves suddenly, scarily unattached from all they’ve known, with little to rely on but

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