Una Vida: A Fable Of Music And The Mind (2016) - Rotten Tomatoes

Una Vida: A Fable Of Music And The Mind (2016)

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A lyrical and extraordinarily beautiful story woven together by the music that permeates New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous. Renowned Neuroscientist Dr. Alvaro Cruz (Joaquim De Almeida) returns home from a lecture in Paris, heartbroken and disillusioned. In his absence, his mother has succumbed to Alzheimer's disease. Nothing that his research or science could do could stop this from happening. As he decides to take some time off work and reconnect with the love of music that he shared with his mother finding solace in the music that permeates New Orleans' French Quarter, he hears the mesmerizing voice of Una Vida (Aunjanue Ellis) for the first time. After repeat visits to hear her sing, he realizes that she is suffering from Alzheimer's disease and that her unconventional "family" cannot cope with her declining health. Cruz puzzles his wife, Angela (Sharon Lawrence), by seeking out Una Vida's long lost son in hopes of finally giving her resolution to the grief, loss and longing that has overshadowed her difficult but also beautiful life.

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Cast

Joaquim de Almeida
as Dr. Alvaro Cruz
Bill Cobbs
as Stompleg
Ruth Negga
as Jessica
Sharon Lawrence
as Angela Cruz
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Critic Reviews for Una Vida: A Fable Of Music And The Mind

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Featuring outstanding performances and making excellent use of its scenic New Orleans locations, the film handles its delicate subject matter with a deeply affecting emotional restraint.

March 21, 2016 | Full Review…

It's too bad that a movie so lovingly steeped in music hasn't more rhythm and flow.

March 3, 2016 | Full Review…

The whole thing is held together by performances that are superb across the board, Adams' assured direction and delicate, beautiful work by both director of photography Tom Lembcke and composer Carlos José Alvarez.

March 1, 2016 | Full Review…

While Adams does not always skirt every potentially melodramatic pitfall cleanly, the cast and the music always propel the film forward.

May 18, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

...a well-intentioned yet wholly ineffective true-life drama.

March 4, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"Of Mind and Music," an intimately told story with few characters, surprises with unexpected impact, thanks to the talented cast and the powerful dual forces of music and human kindness.

February 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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