Violeta Went to Heaven
Violeta Went to Heaven (2013)

Loosely based on Ángel Parra's memoirs of his mother Violeta Parra, the film offers a multi-faceted and lyrical portrayal of an influential figure in world music and complex cultural icon of Chile's history. Violeta Parra's… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 3, 2013
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

poignant portrait of an artist unable to escape the stamp of her class or the burdens of aging.

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Diego Costa
Slant Magazine

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.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

With its clarity and depth, Gavilan's singing is as good as her acting.

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Sam Adams
AV Club

Unlike most awards-grubbing biopics, this one feels no need to telegraph its own difficulty.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The great draw here is theater, television and film actress Francisca Gavilán's performance as the conflicted, lonely multi-talent.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

The biographical bits soon feel like a distraction from the music, performed by Gavilán. It's heard often, but not often enough.

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Simon Abrams
Village Voice

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A well-acted and well-directed musical biodrama about the life and career of the Chilean singer and songwriter Viola Parra.

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