(March 13, 2016) Original
April 29, 2016
From IMDb: “When everything is for sale, what’s the value of love? Jesus does make up for a troupe of drag performers in Havana, but dreams of being a performer. When he finally gets his chance to be on stage, a stranger emerges from the crowd and punches him in the face. The stranger is his father Angel, a former boxer, who has been absent from his life for 15 years. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, Viva becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and become a family again.”
Poster Rating: C
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Review: A boring, split design that has little excitement and no real sense of purpose. It does decent work for those familiar with the film, but for those not, it’s forgettable.
Trailer Rating: B+
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Review: It’s all about the performance and that central musical presentation is peppered liberally with compelling situations and suggestions of political and emotional cohesiveness.
It was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film last year, so it isn’t eligible to receive nominations in other categories this year.