Violeta Went to Heaven (2013)
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as Violeta Parra
as Nicanor Parra
as Gilbert Favre
as Hilda Parra
as Luis Arce
as Mr. Meyer
as Ángel Parra as a boy
as Carmen Luisa
as Young Ángel Parra
as Violeta as a child
as Young Violeta
as Mrs. Lastenia
as Rosa Lorca
as Radio Director
as Guitar Player
as Mr. Gabriel
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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.
Audience Reviews for Violeta Went to Heaven
"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).
Musically interesting, a good lyricist. Film editing and script are different but grow on you. Photography is good, esp with faces. The story is somber, gets darker, ends well.
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