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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
2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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Mama: Mutéate
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Perdóname
Composed by Felo Bergaza
Performed by Gina Leon
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Ugly Plastic Drag Queen Cliché
19 April 2016 | by ViraSee all my reviews

Really nothing to recommend about this film. Another clichéd drag queen flick, this time set in Cuba, which implicates a particular flavor of overwrought shrieking and wailing by unappealingly masculine drag performers. Bleak settings, bleak lives, with a paint-by-the-numbers narrative, and unconvincing performances. This film even managed to make Hector Medina unattractive, which is something of an accomplishment. The longer the film went on, the worse it got. 1 star for a few good drag queen insults, 1 star for Hector Medina's potential. But this was almost unwatchable the first time, definitely not something I'd sit through twice.


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