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Riva is an operator, a man with charm and ambition in equal measure. Kinshasa is an inviting place. With petrol in short supply in DRC's capital, he and his sidekick pursue a plot to get hold of a secret cache - barrels of fuel they can sell for a huge profit. Of course they're not the only ones who want the stuff. Cesar is a ruthless, sharply dressed foreigner thriving in Kinshasa's lawless streets. A female military officer joins the fray. Even the church will betray its tenets for a piece of the action. But Riva's main nemesis is Azor, a crime boss in the classic style: big, decadent and brutal. He's not a man to mess with, but his girlfriend, Nora, may just be the most seductive woman in all of DRC. Riva catches sight of her dancing at a nightclub and it's not long before Nora matches the fuel cache as a coveted object of his lust. Written by
Viva Riva is great film. It effectively portrays a ruthless environment as its characters struggle, not just for wealth and fortune but for their lives. There is no easy path for themthis movie shows a 'fight or die' spirit that inhibits all. Viva Riva is sometimes very violent and sexual, but with great acting throughout. I've only seen a handful of movies from the region, and this is one of quality that further represents not only the hardships of the cultures there, but also the talent artistically. Extremely exciting and thrilling, Viva Riva is an action-packed drama at its best. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes exciting movies.
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