Leah Greenblatt
April 28, 2016 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Viva

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
120 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/02/08
performer
Anna Biller, Barry Morse
director
Anna Biller
author
Anna Biller

We gave it an A-

A breakout at last year’s Telluride Film Festival, this lovely Cuban import stars Héctor Medina as Jesus, a shy young hairdresser who takes a job grooming wigs for drag queens at a dank nightclub. Jesus’ real dream is to be on the stage—until his estranged father, a hard-drinking parolee and ex-boxer, abruptly turns up, forcing him to take in a man he hardly knows. Havana’s crumbling trapped-in-time beauty also plays a starring role, but it’s Medina who provides the movie’s raw, tender heart. A–

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