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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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Paddy Breathnach

Writer:

Mark O'Halloran
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jorge Perugorría ... Ángel
Luis Alberto García Luis Alberto García ... Mama
Héctor Medina ... Jesús
Laura Alemán Laura Alemán ... Cecilia
Paula Ali Paula Ali ... Nita
Luis Manuel Alvarez Luis Manuel Alvarez ... Cindy (as Luis Manuel Álvarez)
Oscar Ibarra Napoles Oscar Ibarra Napoles ... Javier (as Oscar Ibarra)
Renata Maikel Machin Blanco Renata Maikel Machin Blanco ... Pamela (as Renata Maykel Machín Blanco)
Luis Angel Batista Bruzón Luis Angel Batista Bruzón ... Don (as Luis Ángel Batista)
Jorge Eduardo Acosta Ordonez Jorge Eduardo Acosta Ordonez ... Lydia (as Jorge Acosta)
Tomás Cao Tomás Cao ... Trainer Nestor
Carlos Enrique Riverón Rodríguez Carlos Enrique Riverón Rodríguez ... Doctor (as Carlos Enrique Riverón)
Mark O'Halloran ... Ray
Luis Daniel Ventura Garbendia Luis Daniel Ventura Garbendia ... Kali (as Luis Daniel Ventura)
Rayma Pérez Rayma Pérez ... Hooker
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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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Rated R for language throughout, sexual content and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

Ireland

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

19 August 2016 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Вива See more »

Filming Locations:

Havana, Cuba See more »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The baby on the balcony in the final scene with the credits rolling is a cameo appearance by the Director's own 8 month old daughter. See more »

Quotes

Mama: Mutéate
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Soundtracks

El mañana vendrá
Composed by Horacio Abreu Rodríguez
Performed by Rosita Fornés
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A Solid & Relevant Film
24 January 2016 | by JordanSatmarySee all my reviews

At the screening, the director, Paddy gave an introduction about his personal experience with seeing a drag performance years ago where an individual was having the best time of their lives. He said that those who knew the performer were crying due to the fact that that was the only place this individual could truly be who they were.

That introduction set the mood for the movie. I'm afraid if I wasn't lucky enough to have the director give some backstory I would've liked it less.

The beginning of the film had a few clichés. A troubled protagonist unsure of how to make money, family issues, shopping in record stores. As it went on the clichés dwindled, immersing the audience in Cuba. Our main character's routine continued, and I found myself falling more into his psyche. His family issues became more relevant, his troubles were mine, and even the records had an important role in the story.

By the end people around me were weeping.

The only note I had was that there were a handful of times where moments should've been longer. Just an extra few seconds on those emotional scenes would've gone a long way. Not sure if that's a directing or editing critique.

I'm afraid of using an incorrect term here, so forgive me if I do. But as LGBT rights continue to finally be as important as they should've been decades ago, it's great to see more films like this, especially when they are well done. I hope this film gets the recognition it deserves.


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