Violeta Went to Heaven
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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 revival of Chilean traditional music galvanized a socially and politically committed pan-Latin American folk music movement, the "nueva canción," and became a reference for other Latin American artists committed to their national legacies.(c) Kino Lorber

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"poignant portrait of an artist unable to escape the stamp of her class or the burdens of aging."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"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."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"More enjoyable as an exploration of Parra's music than her life, and well-performed by lead Francisca Gavilán."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"With its clarity and depth, Gavilan's singing is as good as her acting."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"Unlike most awards-grubbing biopics, this one feels no need to telegraph its own difficulty."
‑ Sam Adams, AV Club
"The great draw here is theater, television and film actress Francisca Gavilán's performance as the conflicted, lonely multi-talent."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"The biographical bits soon feel like a distraction from the music, performed by Gavilán. It's heard often, but not often enough."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"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."
‑ Simon Abrams, Village Voice
"A well-acted and well-directed musical biodrama about the life and career of the Chilean singer and songwriter Viola Parra."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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