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Viva (2015)

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When his estranged father returns, a hairdresser is forced to quit performing at the local drag club.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jorge Perugorría ...
Luis Alberto García ...
Laura Alemán ...
Paula Ali ...
Luis Manuel Alvarez ...
Cindy (as Luis Manuel Álvarez)
Oscar Ibarra Napoles ...
Javier (as Oscar Ibarra)
Renata Maikel Machin Blanco ...
Pamela (as Renata Maykel Machín Blanco)
Luis Angel Batista Bruzón ...
Don (as Luis Ángel Batista)
Jorge Eduardo Acosta Ordonez ...
Lydia (as Jorge Acosta)
Tomás Cao ...
Trainer Nestor
Carlos Enrique Riverón Rodríguez ...
Doctor (as Carlos Enrique Riverón)
Luis Daniel Ventura Garbendia ...
Kali (as Luis Daniel Ventura)
Rayma Pérez ...


When everything is for sale, what's the value of love? Jesus does make up for a troupe of drag performers in Havana, but dreams of being a performer. When he finally gets his chance to be on stage, a stranger emerges from the crowd and punches him in the face. The stranger is his father Angel, a former boxer, who has been absent from his life for 15 years. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, Viva becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and become a family again.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, sexual content and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »




Release Date:

19 August 2016 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Вива  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,995, 1 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$177,062, 26 June 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Irish director Paddy Breathnach got the idea for this film during a visit to Cuba in the late 1990s. See more »


Mama: Mutéate
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Lo material
Written by Juan Clímaco Formell
Performed by Elena Burke
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VIVA la difference
18 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

Ireland director Paddy Breathnach's "VIVA" is yet more proof that the independent foreign film is alive and well. Relative new comer Hector Medina is Jesus, a young Havana hairdresser making ends meet (no pun intended) after his mother passes and his dad left at the age of three. With hairdresser fees low, and a chance to join the troupe of drag performers he styles wigs for, Jesus hits the stage only to be confronted by his past. While Mama (the touching Luis Alberto Garcia) tries to guide him, Jesus' father Angel (the confrontational Jorge Perugorria) slams the breaks on. Director Breathnach, along with writer/actor Mark O'Halloran, have captured the poverty stricken Havana-hood and various film locations perfectly, enabling the audience to understand the community, comprehend the stigmas, feel the tension and believe in complicated love. Featuring English subtitles, a fantastic unknown cast to the US film market (including the terrific Renata Maikel Machin Blanco), and an outstanding sound track, "VIVA" is much more than a drag show film. Recently shown at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the film is now out in limited run. If you can find it, you won't be disappointed.

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