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thumbnail Viva (2016 Ireland)

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Director: Paddy Breathnach
Starring: Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García
Genre: Drama
Duration: 100 mins
Rated R

Paddy Breathnach uncovers authentic Cuba in this heartbreaking family drama about a troubled drag queen. In the vibrant drag community of contemporary Havana, Jesus, a young gay man, discovers that the only time he is free from life’s pressures and struggles is when he is on stage transformed into Viva, his beautiful alter ego who bares her soul on stage lip-syncing to classics songs of unattainable love and raw pain. His dream, however, clashes with his alcoholic father’s standards of masculinity. Angel, a macho ex-boxer who spent several years in prison and who was never part of Jesus’ life, returns to impose restrictions on how his son can live his life. Breathnach has created a masterful and intimate portrayal of love and sacrifice.

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