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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.
With its clarity and depth, Gavilan's singing is as good as her acting.
The biographical bits soon feel like a distraction from the music, performed by Gavilán. It's heard often, but not often enough.
poignant portrait of an artist unable to escape the stamp of her class or the burdens of aging.
Unlike most awards-grubbing biopics, this one feels no need to telegraph its own difficulty.
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.
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.
The great draw here is theater, television and film actress Francisca Gavilán's performance as the conflicted, lonely multi-talent.
A well-acted and well-directed musical biodrama about the life and career of the Chilean singer and songwriter Viola Parra.
More enjoyable as an exploration of Parra's music than her life, and well-performed by lead Francisca Gavilán.
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.
"Violeta Went to Heaven" is an expressive biopic about the life and music of Violeta Parra(Francisca Gavilan), a beloved and renowned folk singer in her native Chile. Like many minority artists, the wealthy enjoyed listening to her music before banishing her to the kitchen. She would also have some of her artwork shown in the Louvre.
Framed by a television interview that is more interested in her political leanings than anything else, especially if she is a Communist(she performed in then Communist Poland and was friends with Pablo Neruda), the movie is just as interested in the divisions in her life, starting with her being of mixed heritage.(At one point, Violeta says that she wishes she were entirely of Indian heritage.) After briefly exploring Violeta's origins in poverty, the movie jumps ahead to her tumultuous second marriage to Gilbert Favre(Thomas Durand).
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