- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: February 24, 2009
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Cult Epics
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Behind The Scenes With Narration With Anna Biller, Director
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Slide Show - Original Stills From The Film
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 05/02/2008
"VIVA is a startlingly pitch-perfect reproduction of the kind of gauzy sex movies from the 1960s and early 1970s that preceded the hard-core revolution."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/23/2008
"It's a lovingly re-created, almost fetishistically spot-on tribute to the candy-colored soft-core sexploitation films that sprouted up like weeks in the late '60s and early '70s." -- Grade: A-
Los Angeles Times - 06/20/2008
"[A] crafty reminder of a time when the X rating was flaunted, not feared."
This ode to 1970s sexploitation films stars writer, director, and producer (not to mention costume designer) Anna Biller as a repressed housewife who gets sucked into the sexual revolution. But will she find what she's looking for' A playful, color-soaked comedy, VIVA has a serious side to be found among the orgies, campy humor, and musical numbers.
Description by Ryko Distribution:
With a plot stripped from a 1969 letter to Penthouse Magazine, Viva tells the story of Barbi, a na ve housewife who sets out to discover the seedy underbelly of the sexual revolution. With her best friend Sheila in tow, she encounters everything from prowling cougars, grandmotherly brothel madams and lesbian supermodels to full-blown orgies. Toss in a gay hairdresser, a funk-gasmic soundtrack and some surreal animated and musical sequences and you ve got one smoking hot slice of nouveau cult cinema. Biller's truly amazing accomplishment in Viva comes courtesy of her uncannily authentic design. It doesn t emulate the spirit of those swinging times, it's possessed by them. Just one whiff of the cheap cologne, one glance at the rugged polyester, and you ll have to submit to this killer escapade. Fab Magazine