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Viva | 2016 Sundance Film Festival Review

22 January 2016 6:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Blame it on Fidel: Breathnach Circles the Boiler Plate with Lgbt Coming-of-Age Flick

A Havana set coming-of-age tale concerning a young, gay hairdresser, Paddy Breathnach and Mark O’Halloran craft mundane dramatic tension around the weathered stereotype of trenchant machismo inherent in Latin American cultures and corresponding conflicts with homosexuality. With Viva, it seems they’ve pondered the basic tropes of a few too many similar narratives with this offering, though it proves to be an alluring recycled scenario for audiences who love to navigate such familiar, uncompromising material (and is comparable to the Irish director’s foray into the Us market back in 2001 with Blow Dry, except now with gay characters taking the center stage instead of hanging around the periphery).

An intriguing co-production with Cuba, where the film is actually set, and written by actor/screenwriter O’Halloran (who penned Lenny Abrahamson’s first two features), and was »

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