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Violeta Went to Heaven (2013)

Violeta Went to Heaven

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

71%
Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 392

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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

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Eliseo Altunaga , Rodrigo Bazaes , Guillermo Calderón
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Sep 3, 2013
Box Office:
$21.3k
Runtime:
Kino Lorber Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Violeta Went to Heaven

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (3)

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

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.

Full Review… | March 29, 2013
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A well-acted and well-directed musical biodrama about the life and career of the Chilean singer and songwriter Viola Parra.

Full Review… | March 20, 2013
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review… | October 21, 2012
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