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Viva (2007)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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Writer and director Anna Biller takes a swingin' look back at sexploitation cinema of the '70s in this candy-colored comedy drama. Barbi (Anna Biller) is a beautiful but blasé suburban housewife whose handsome mate, Rick (Chad England), is more interested in his career than in quenching his wife's sensual thirsts. When up-and-coming actor Mark (Jared Sanford) and his open-minded wife, Sheila (Bridget Brno), move in next door, Barbi discovers they're more than willing to help her find the thrills she's been missing. Before long, Mark and Sheila part company, and when Rick finds out about Barbi's extramarital dalliances, he walks out on her. Free to do as she pleases, Barbi changes her name to Viva and teams up with Sheila to join the front lines of the sexual revolution, enjoying assignations with a dizzying variety of partners, including hipster artist Clyde (Marcus DeAnda), psychedelic naturalist Elmer (Paolo Davanza), experimental theater advocate Arthur (John Klemantaski), glamorous lesbian model Agnes (Robbin Ryan), and sexually ambiguous hair stylist Sherman (Barry Morse). But will Viva's appetite for the ecstatic lead her into dangerous and unexpected places? Viva received the "Best of Fest" award at the 2007 Boston Underground Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Anna Biller
as Barbi/Viva
Barry Morse
as Sherman
Carole Balkan
as Mrs. James
Johnny Holiday
as Mr. Carlisle
Veronica Alicino
as Miss Marker
Sam Bologna
as Mr. Humphrey
Mark Wood
as Doctor Collins
Rob Scott
as Doctor
Corky Parks
as Sailor/Hot Tub Nudist
Natasha Paz
as Crystal
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Critic Reviews for Viva

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (15)

Anna Biller's 1970s-styled sexploitation parody Viva may at times come too close to the real thing, but there's a welcome delight in the film's unapologetic and total submersion into cheap thrills.

March 30, 2016 | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
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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…
Chicago Reader
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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…
Time Out
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You can't create camp on purpose.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
Newsday
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The movie isn't comfortable or wholly successful.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Tribune
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With its copious nudity and zipless hedonism, Viva, though unduly long, is a crafty reminder of a time when the X rating was flaunted, not feared.

June 20, 2008 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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