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Chavela (2017)

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The life of pioneering singer Chavela Vargas, from her birth in Costa Rica in 1919 to her death in Mexico in 2012.


Catherine Gund (co-director), Daresha Kyi (co-director)
5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Eugenia León Eugenia León ... Herself
Jesusa Rodríguez Jesusa Rodríguez ... Herself
Tania Libertad Tania Libertad ... Herself
Marcela Rodríguez Marcela Rodríguez ... Herself
Jose Alfredo Jimenez Jr. Jose Alfredo Jimenez Jr. ... Himself
Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte ... Herself
Betty-Carol Sellen Betty-Carol Sellen ... Herself
Diana Ortega Diana Ortega ... Herself
Patria Jiménez Flores Patria Jiménez Flores ... Herself
Tlany Ortega Tlany Ortega ... Herself
Liliana Felipe Liliana Felipe ... Herself
Laura García Lorca Laura García Lorca ... Herself (as Laura García-Lorca)
Mariana Gyalui Mariana Gyalui ... Herself
Pedro Almodóvar ... Himself
Miguel Bosé ... Himself


Through its lyrical structure, Chavela will take viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing artist Chavela Vargas. Centered around never before-seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012, and guided by the stories in Chavela's songs, and the myths and tales others have told about her - as well as those she spread about herself - the film weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being. Written by Aubin Pictures

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Trailblazer. Rebel. Icon.


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Mexico | Spain | USA


English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor Puro y Duro: Love Hard & Pure See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,453, 8 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$148,666, 28 January 2018
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Aubin Pictures See more »
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Did You Know?


Volver, volver
Written by Fernando Z. Maldonado
Performed by Chavela Vargas
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Much better than I expected
5 March 2018 | by sfdphdSee all my reviews

Wow, this documentary was impressive. I knew nothing about Chavela before seeing this film and it was an eye-opener.

I agree with another reviewer who said the film focuses more on her life than on her music. I also agree that I would have liked more on the music, but the film will lead me to search out more of her music. This film is the only thing that would give such an in depth look at her life.

The passionate intensity and exquisite pain of her approach to singing reminded me of Edith Piaf.

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