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Violeta Went to Heaven

Released Mar 29, 2013 1h 50m Biography History Drama List
73% Tomatometer 11 Reviews 83% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Chile's Violeta Parra (Francisca Gavilán) rises from poverty to become a celebrated and influential musician, poet and activist. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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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. Apr 25, 2013 Full Review Sheri Linden Los Angeles Times With its clarity and depth, Gavilan's singing is as good as her acting. Rated: 3.5/5 Apr 18, 2013 Full Review 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. Rated: 2/4 Mar 29, 2013 Full Review Donald J. Levit ReelTalk Movie Reviews The great draw here is theater, television and film actress Francisca Gaviln's performance as the conflicted, lonely multi-talent. Mar 28, 2013 Full Review Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality & Practice A well-acted and well-directed musical biodrama about the life and career of the Chilean singer and songwriter Viola Parra. Rated: 4/5 Mar 20, 2013 Full Review Shaun Munro What Culture More enjoyable as an exploration of Parra's music than her life, and well-performed by lead Francisca Gaviln. Rated: 3/5 Oct 21, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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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 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). Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Nunca he sido fanático del cine de Andrés Wood, y Violeta es su proyecto que menos me convence. Contando la historia de la artista integral chilena Violeta Parra, nos muestra el esfuerzo de la chilena por recuperar nuestras raíces y hacer trascender nuestro arte, demostrando que todos podemos ser artistas si así lo queremos. Quizás es el enfoque de Wood el que no me gusta, pero para opinar tienen que verla. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Violeta, an early compiler and performer of traditional Chilean folk music, is played by an actress and singer who convincingly channels her rebellious spirit. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Aunque muchos consideraron esta película como un retrato nefasto de Violeta, me pareció una representación muy justa de quien fue Violeta. Las escenas de la película están llenas de simbolismos ricos que permiten muchas interpretaciones sobre la vida emocional de la artista y de su valentía de vivir y sentir hasta las más profundas consecuencias. Me encanto ver cuan fecunda era Violeta, la vastedad de su capacidad creadora, y me gustó aún más que retrataran con igual ímpetu tanto su algarabía como su profundo dolor, aunque no sea placentero presenciarlo. De camino a tocar con su hermana en el desierto, Violeta ensayaba una canción melancólica, cuando su hermana le pide que toque algo más alegre, que la gente no quiere escuchar esas melodías tan lúgubres, a lo cual Violeta responde "Que las escuchen no más, que la vida no es una fiesta". Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member An extraordinary film about an extraordinary artist. Her music is beautiful, and I am grateful to those who made this film because Violeta's is a story that needed to be told! Bravo! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Chile's Violeta Parra (Francisca Gavilán) rises from poverty to become a celebrated and influential musician, poet and activist.
Andrés Wood
Eliseo Altunaga, Rodrigo Bazaes, Guillermo Calderón, Andrés Wood
Kino Lorber
Production Co
ANCINE/Ministério da Cultura, Fundo Setorial do Audiovisual, Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales (INCAA)
Biography, History, Drama
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 29, 2013, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 6, 2014
Box Office (Gross USA)
1h 50m
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