In the film Gloria Bell, Julianne Moore plays a divorced woman looking for a little more joy in her life. Hanging out in retro-themed singles bars – mainly for the music, not necessarily for the men – she dances her nights away to the soundtrack of her youth. Music is such an integral part of this film so that as the narrative unravels, each song matches each scene perfectly. Here are our Top 5 tunes that tie in nicely with Gloria’s emotional evolution…
01. AIR SUPPLY – All Out Of Love
This song plays when Gloria (Julianne Moore) begins to realise she misses one-on-one contact with that someone special, and so her visits to the singles bar become more than about just the music. Gloria tends to sing along to the tunes in the film’s soundtrack, even getting some of the words wrong – as we all do – and this adds a relatable touch to the scenes. It’s a bit like watching Bridget weep in Bridget Jones’s Diary to the song All By Myself, but less over-the-top and far less tragic.
02. FOREIGNER – I Want To Know What Love Is
Kind of a turning point, this is played as Gloria realises she’s got to put more effort into meeting a guy, not just wait around in said bar for Mr Right to magically appear. Albeit he does, in the form of Arnold (John Turturro), and suddenly we see Gloria beaming more.
03. OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN – A Little More Love
As the song’s title suggests, this one plays once Gloria appears to have met the right guy. Still she continues to live her day-to-day life, never pining for him too much, and never too proud of herself about her new love find. Just being cool with it and letting ONJ remind her that new relationships can be magical.
It seems director Sebastian Lelio’s entire premise for this film might have been inspired by this [one] ditty.
04. REO SPEEDWAGON – Can’t Fight This Feeling + Keep On Loving You
A double banger from REO Speedwagon as Gloria gets deeper into her relationship with Arnold, even introducing him to her ex-husband and kids. It’s this sort of soppy music that reigned supreme on radio in the 1970s and early ’80s and yet their sentiment remains the same no matter what decade you’re experiencing a new relationship in.
05. LAURA BRANIGAN – Gloria
Of course this number had to be in there. But it’s when it is played that matters. We won’t spoil it for you suffice to say that a lot of the lyrics relate poetically to Gloria’s actions in the movie, and it seems director Sebastian Lelio’s entire premise for this film might have been inspired by this Laura Branigan ditty.
”Gloria Bell’ is in cinemas now.