Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Violeta Went to Heaven

“Violeta Went to Heaven,” about the Chilean folk singer and artist Violeta Parra, takes the fragmented form of a sort of cinematic memory quilt of the life and loves of Parra, played captivatingly by Francisca Gavilian as a headstrong, dominant woman with a clarity if not a singleness of purpose and zero tolerance for those niceties that perpetuate the societal status quo.

Unfortunately, the film provides little sense of Parra’s place in the history of the motherland to which she felt such a powerful connection. And the stridency factor gets up there; a lot of Parra’s music is about as mellifluous as the North Korean national anthem.

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