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Though it's lengthy and doesn't always walk the line between schlock and kitschy homage successfully, Viva's lovely visuals and knowing humor are undeniable. Read critic reviews

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Two couples experiment with sex and drugs in the 1970s.

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Critic Reviews for Viva

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  • The movie wears out its welcome long before it meanders to a close at 121 minutes. But as a kinky costume party it's watchable, if only for the smutty sex scenes and Biller's bold pop-art decor.

    March 30, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Reported parallels with the Marquis de Sade's Justine just don't wash. It's more like Russ Meyer, except the jugs on view aren't as big.

    May 16, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The plywood acting's pretty funny, as is the coy sex; what amazes is the beautifully lurid, near-fetishistic set design. At two hours, it's an in-joke over-indulged, and it's so camp the camera's practically winking, but minor cultdom beckons.

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • At an epic two hours the stilted dialogue and eye-scorchingly oversaturated film stock threaten to test the patience. But as a self-conscious exercise in kitsch graverobbing, 'Viva' succeeds.

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's the sort of attention to detail that would be admirable in a short film. But in a film that plays out at two hours it's unendurable. Paying ironic homage to bad cinema doesn't suddenly make it good.

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Where her film lets itself down, though, is it's simply not funny; you assume that a certain kind of hipster audience may be tickled by all this, but the laughs will be as forced as those that bray out of the screen at all too regular intervals.

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Viva

  • Jan 26, 2010
    This movie is fucking brilliant. It was the most perfect homage to late sixties/early seventies sexploitation flicks I've ever seen. Had I not known that it was made two years ago I would never in a million years have thought that it wasn't the real thing. Everything, right down to the film stock, looked authentic. You can't really be sure whether the characters are played by extremely bad actors or extremely good actors pretending to be bad actors. Either way it's great. Not only that, but none of the actors looked like they belonged in this century. They look more like the casting agent set the way back machine for the early seventies and just cast people from the era. The sets were dead on, the dialogue is completely ridiculous and laced with blatant sexual innuendos, and the nudity? I don't think word abundant does it justice. Anna Biller may be one of my new heroes (and unlike most of my heroes I can think naughty thoughts about this one). Viva is a funny, stylistic, and extremely fucking hot achievement. Oh, and did I mention that there's a hippie nudist jam session?
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