Pure gem, brilliantly played by the lead actress. Tragic life, but one that is lived with fierceness, fearlessness and courage, For those who don't know her, you will discover a great voice, and to learn that she wrote the lyrics of "Gracias a la Vida", when many of us in the west associate this great song with the legendary Mercedes Sosa, gives a sense of her place in Latin American folk music.
An excellent biopic of singer/artist Violeta Pequena who is vividly brought to life by actress Francisca Duran. Wood wisely constructs the film in a non-linear way moving back and forth through the artists' triumphs, hardships and heartbreaks. The film is expertly edited, memorably shot and the music stirring.
Wood's montage is very good: The idea of using a fragmented and non-linear filmic structure to represent moments of the life of this remarkable woman is much more convincing than telling her story by using a simple timeline narrative.
É, sobretudo, de sonhos que o diretor Andrés Wood constrói seu filme: Não a historia oficial de Parra, tão pouco a cronologia de sua vida, simples, realista, bruta, mas episódios abrangentes, tão caoticamente oníricos como são os sonhos, as sensações, as emoções. O diretor os funde na tela, dentro de cada expectador, num crescente, numa canção, enfim em arte (cinematográfica)
As with many biopics, this feels sometimes fragmented. However, it manages to capture a magical mood and it holds it all the way to the last moments. The photography is great, and is capable of jumping from one setting to the other with perfect synchronicity. The performances are all spot on, especially Gavilán who is impressive during the dramatic moments and the performance moments.
A huge leap forward compared to what I've seen in national cinema so far, a wonderful biopic full of inner rhymes relating both inner and outer world of Parra's vision told with such rhythm and grace it doesn't only offer valuable insight into her work but takes away a considerable part of the grimness in her life to make this work much more solemn, and ultimately an endeavor of sheer love and respect.