Mittwoch, 13. Februar 2013

Berlinale: Gloria / Pozitia Copilului (Child's Pose)

Two competition titles featuring central female characters showcase superb performances by veteran actresses.

Chilean director Sebastián Lelio's "Gloria" starts off a bit shakily, meanders here and there, but gradully grows into a fascinating character study of a woman fighting for happiness late in her life. As the chain-smoking, booze-downing, trigger-happy sexy grandma rocking a pair of retro-glasses, Paulina Garcia is absolutely glorious. In the bitterly funny last act when she finally sees, decides to drop the specs and sway blindly on the dancefloor, it's hard not to cheer.

Romanian director Calin Peter Netzer's "Pozitia Copilului (Child's Pose)" starts out strongly with a bad-ass opening scene and promises of severe social critique plus nasty parenting tips, but dissolves slowly into mushy repentance drama, losing all that sharp angle and wicked tone. As the vehement, scheming mom with a penchant for suffocating his grown-up son with incestuous affection, though, Luminita Gheorghiu is equal parts intimidating, pitiful, loving and perverse, not an easy feat to pull off.

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