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Violeta Went to Heaven (2013)

Violeta Went to Heaven (2013)

Violeta Went to Heaven



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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 Lorbermore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Eliseo Altunaga, Eliseo Altuinaga, Andrés Wood, Rodrigo Bazaes, Guillermo Calderón
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 3, 2013
Kino Lorber Films - Official Site


Francisca Gavilán
as Violeta Parra
Francisca Gavilian
as Violeta Parra
Cristián Quevedo
as Nicanor Parra
Thomas Durand
as Gilbert Favre
Luis Machín
as Interviewer
Gabriela Aguilera
as Hilda Parra
Roberto Farías
as Luis Arce
Juan Quezada
as Mr.Guillermo
Daniel Antivilo
as Mr. Meyer
Patricio Ossa
as Ángel Parra as a boy
Jorge López
as Young Ángel Parra
Francisca Duran
as Violeta as a child
Guiselle Morales
as Young Violeta
Sonia Vidal
as Mrs. Lastenia
Ana Fuentes
as Rosa Lorca
Pablo Costabal
as Radio Director
Juan Alfaro
as Guitar Player
Pedro Salinas
as Mr. Gabriel
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Critic Reviews for Violeta Went to Heaven

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

With its clarity and depth, Gavilan's singing is as good as her acting.

Full Review… | April 18, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The biographical bits soon feel like a distraction from the music, performed by Gavilán. It's heard often, but not often enough.

Full Review… | March 29, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

poignant portrait of an artist unable to escape the stamp of her class or the burdens of aging.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Unlike most awards-grubbing biopics, this one feels no need to telegraph its own difficulty.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Violeta Went to Heaven


"Violeta Went to Heaven" is an expressive biopic about the life and music of Violeta Parra(Francisca Gavilan), a beloved and renowned folk singer in her native Chile. Like many minority artists, the wealthy enjoyed listening to her music before banishing her to the kitchen. She would also have some of her artwork shown in the Louvre.

Framed by a television interview that is more interested in her political leanings than anything else, especially if she is a Communist(she performed in then Communist Poland and was friends with Pablo Neruda), the movie is just as interested in the divisions in her life, starting with her being of mixed heritage.(At one point, Violeta says that she wishes she were entirely of Indian heritage.) After briefly exploring Violeta's origins in poverty, the movie jumps ahead to her tumultuous second marriage to Gilbert Favre(Thomas Durand).

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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