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%

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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."
‑ 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
"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
"With its clarity and depth, Gavilan's singing is as good as her acting."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"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
"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
"More enjoyable as an exploration of Parra's music than her life, and well-performed by lead Francisca Gavilán."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"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
"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."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Time Out New York
"Unlike most awards-grubbing biopics, this one feels no need to telegraph its own difficulty."
‑ Sam Adams, AV Club
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