Violeta Went to Heaven (2013)
Loosely based on Ángel Parra's memoirs of his mother Violeta Parra, the film offers a multi-faceted and lyrical portrayal of an influential figure in world music and complex cultural icon of Chile's history. Violeta Parra's revival of Chilean traditional music galvanized a socially and politically committed pan-Latin American folk music movement, the "nueva canción," and became a reference for other Latin American artists committed to their national legacies.(c) Kino Lorber
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Critic Reviews for Violeta Went to Heaven
The formulaic storytelling has the unfortunate effect of making her extraordinary story feel familiar, though Wood's impressionistic style is a refreshing antidote to the portentousness one comes to expect from movies like this.
With its clarity and depth, Gavilan's singing is as good as her acting.
The biographical bits soon feel like a distraction from the music, performed by Gavilán. It's heard often, but not often enough.
poignant portrait of an artist unable to escape the stamp of her class or the burdens of aging.
Unlike most awards-grubbing biopics, this one feels no need to telegraph its own difficulty.
Violeta Went to Heaven's creators do a disservice to Chilean singer and multi-hyphenate artist Violeta Parra's legacy by making her suicide the logical climax to her working life.
Suffers from an overtly conventional way of depicting the life events of an anything-but-conventional woman, a lazy flaw further highlighted by its brief moments of visual experimentation.
The great draw here is theater, television and film actress Francisca Gavilán's performance as the conflicted, lonely multi-talent.
A well-acted and well-directed musical biodrama about the life and career of the Chilean singer and songwriter Viola Parra.
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