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Violeta Went to Heaven

Violeta Went to Heaven (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
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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 Lorber

Sep 3, 2013

$21.3k

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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.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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With its clarity and depth, Gavilan's singing is as good as her acting.

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The biographical bits soon feel like a distraction from the music, performed by Gavilán. It's heard often, but not often enough.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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poignant portrait of an artist unable to escape the stamp of her class or the burdens of aging.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

March 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A rare Chilean film that doesn't mention either the Allende or Pinochet regimes, Violeta Went to Heaven is a love letter to a lost 20th-century goddess. It's hard to resist her.

March 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The great draw here is theater, television and film actress Francisca Gavilán's performance as the conflicted, lonely multi-talent.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Unlike most awards-grubbing biopics, this one feels no need to telegraph its own difficulty.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
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A well-acted and well-directed musical biodrama about the life and career of the Chilean singer and songwriter Viola Parra.

March 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

More enjoyable as an exploration of Parra's music than her life, and well-performed by lead Francisca Gavilán.

October 21, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
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