If You’re Divorced And Over 50, You Owe It To Yourself To See ‘Gloria Bell!’

Gloria Bell

By Jackie Pilossoph, Creator and Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling site, podcast and app, Love Essentially columnist and author

Being a columnist is a really really cool job, especially when you get approached by a movie studio with free movie premiere tickets and the opportunity to interview an Academy award-winning filmmaker! Here is this week’s Love Essentially, which is my review of the new movie, “Gloria Bell” (starring Julianne Moore) and my interview with writer/director/producer, Sebastián Lelio. 

‘Gloria Bell’ director Lelio provides raw, honest look at relationships and life over 50

by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group

Being a 50-something-year-old divorced woman, I often feel like people — especially younger people — don’t understand what it’s like. From the physical challenges of aging to the fear of growing old alone to the empowering feelings of grace and independence, people oftentimes just don’t get it.


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You know who gets it? Filmmaker, Sebastián Lelio. He gets it big time, and he proves that in his new movie, “Gloria Bell,” which I went to see last weekend.

“Gloria Bell” is the story of a free-spirited divorced woman (played by Julianne Moore) with two grown children and a passion for dancing at clubs, who unexpectedly finds love and experiences the complexity of being in a relationship after marriage and kids. But “Gloria Bell” isn’t a Hollywood romantic comedy that takes you to a happily-ever-after place. “Gloria Bell” is real. Very real. The film is captivating, it’s kind of funny, it’s heartbreaking, and a lot of it is really, really sweet.


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I sat down with Lelio, the 45-year-old Chilean filmmaker who wrote, directed and produced Gloria Bell, to talk about his movie, which is actually a remake of his own film, “Gloria.” But Lelio isn’t just a filmmaker, he’s an Academy Award winning filmmaker (for his 2017 foreign film, “A Fantastic Woman.”) In our interview, Lelio shared what he hopes viewers will take away from “Gloria Bell,” as well as how on earth he knew his main character, Gloria, so well. (Click here to read the rest of the article, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press, and several other newspapers across the country.)

Like this article? Check out, “10 Movies Every Divorced Woman Over 50 Should See”


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    Divorced Girl Smiling is here to empower, connect and inspire you. Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling, the site, the podcast and the app. A former television journalist and newspaper features reporter, Pilossoph is also the author of four novels and the writer of her weekly relationship column, Love Essentially. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism and lives in Chicago with her two teenagers. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.

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