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Volume 18, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 2050-4837
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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic caused us to mourn the loss of an intimate relationship with the city and with the individuals who inhabit that space. Through (2013) and the faithful English-language remake (2018), Chilean director Sebastián Lelio illustrates how such urban interconnection might have been tenuous all along. In Spanish (Gloria Cumplido, interpreted by Paulina García) and in English (Gloria Bell, played by Julianne Moore), we witness a protagonist seeking purchase in Santiago and Los Angeles respectively. This article examines how Gloria copes with the alienating space of the city and her feelings of abandonment and loneliness through soundscapes (in the disco, her car, her flat, etc.), dancing and wardrobe (which she uses to perform). Among her many afflictions, the protagonist suffers the pain of distance imposed by her grown children and the fall out of a failed new love, one that has recently blossomed and into which she had placed all her hopes. Together, these shatter Gloria’s everyday routine while channelling and honouring a deeper personal passion.

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