While You Were Sleeping (movie)

Sandra Bullock pulls off career relaunch with 'Gravity'

Sandra Bullock pulls off career relaunch with 'Gravity'

TORONTO — It was after midnight, after the gala showing of director Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, after the wildly emotional standing ovation, after actress Sandra Bullock in a stunning black-and-white sheath waded into waves of raves for her performance at the film's after-party, that a sense of certainty about "Gravity's" pull settled in.

Walking back to the hotel under a starry sky that Cuarón will never let me take for granted again, I knew the afterburn of Bullock's performance would linger for years.

If it's a good year at the festival, I'll see something rare amid all the praising,...