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Viva (2007)

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Two suburban couples experiment with sex, drugs and bohemia in early 1970's Los Angeles.

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Anna Biller

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Anna Biller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Biller ... Barbi / Viva-Rick's wife
Jared Sanford Jared Sanford ... Mark / Sheila's husband
Bridget Brno ... Sheila / Candy-Mark's wife
Chad England Chad England ... Rick / Barbi's husband
John Klemantaski ... Arthur
Barry Morse Barry Morse ... Sherman
Veronica Alicino ... Miss Marker / Model agency assistant
Cole Chipman Cole Chipman ... Reeves
Robbin Ryan ... Agnes
Andrea Lain Andrea Lain ... Kelly
Sam Bologna Sam Bologna ... Mr. Humphrey / Barbi's boss
Johnny Holiday Johnny Holiday ... Mr. Carlisle
Barry O'Rourke ... Chris
Mark Wood Mark Wood ... Doctor Collins
Carole Balkan Carole Balkan ... Mrs. James / Brothel pimp
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Storyline

VIVA is about a bored housewife in 1972 who gets sucked into the sexual revolution. Abandoned by her husband, Barbi is dragged into trouble by her girlfriend, who spouts women's lib as she gets Barbi to discard her bra and go out on the town. Barbi becomes a Red Riding Hood in a sea of wolves, and quickly learns a lot more than she wanted to about nudist camps, the hippie scene, orgies, bisexuality, sadism, drugs, and bohemia. Saturated to the hilt with vibrant color and exquisite period detail, and full of the kind of innocent nude romps you see before censorship codes lifted, VIVA looks like a lost film from the late '60's, and is a tribute to the best of exploitation cinema, from Herschell Gordon Lewis' Suburban Roulette to Radley Metzger's Camille 2000. Written by Anonymous

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They were housewives seeking kicks, in a world of swingers, orgies, booze and sin that was the sexual revolution!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity and some drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Anna Biller Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Japanese Mae West in the orgy scene who says, "Murray, peel me a grape" is 'Anna Biller (I)''s mother Sumiko, dubbed by Bridget Brno. The guy at the bar in the brown plaid suit behind Rick is Anna's father Les Biller. He originally had one line as a drunk. See more »

Goofs

When Sherman goes into his kitchen, the blender is empty. He then opens a cupboard and takes out some powder before turning back to the blender - which is now full of milkshake mix. See more »

Quotes

Mark: [looking into the camera] There's never been a better time to be a man. The willing women. The dandy clothes. The frills. The big rings and jewelry. The open shirts. The sense of entitlement. Take it from me: savor this time. For it will soon be gone, never to return.
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Connections

Featured in SexTV: Pornscapes/Viva/Forbidden City (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Camille 2000 (Alternate Take)
Composed and Performed by Piero Piccioni
From the OST "Camille 2000" ET 905 (Easy Tempo)
Courtesy of Right Tempo SNC www.righttempo.net
1970 Piero Piccioni (P) 1998 right Tempo SNC
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Anna Biller is a genius!
7 May 2007 | by rosannaxSee all my reviews

I see a lot of movies and Viva is way out in front of the herd. Naked star-directors should be given extra points but Anna Biller has nothing to make up for. This woman is a major talent in a sea of lackluster Sundance-want-to-be's. Viva VIVA! The level of humor in this Seventies send-up is way beyond the average lowbrow laughs one might expect from your typical film comedy. Sexual mores are tossed about by the characters in this little shaggy dog script much like the original foot soldiers of the Sexual Revolution fell on those Seventies "naughty bits" that were exposed for the world to see. Viva's unrequited need to lose herself repeatedly in her healing bubble bath really had me stamping my feet and fighting back tears.


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