The first line of the movie is "Are you always this happy?" Gloria seems not to know what to say or how to answer. But what one pretends to be and what one really is can make for one ugly cat or spooky looking peacock or a country that could have been.
Some of the movie's choices provide narrative meat on the bones, provide interest, context, detail, symbols and metaphors. Gloria's oversized glasses, her glaucoma, Rudolfo's gastric by-pass surgery, the skeleton marionette, the hairless cat, the white peacock. The movie reminded me of Pan's Labyrinth - odd because, while Gloria is not a fantasy movie, I watched both with a similar amazement and curiosity - like Pan, what would Gloria discover next, what would happen to her, what would she stumble onto and encounter, how would she change as a result, how would her vision change?