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: March 29, 2013
DVD 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.

Diego Semerene
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.

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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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
"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… More