Jesus does make up for a troupe of drag performers in Havana, but dreams of being a performer. When he finally gets his chance to be on stage, a stranger emerges from the crowd and punches him in the face. The stranger is his father Angel, a former boxer, who has been absent from his life for 15 years. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, Viva becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and become a family again.
“Irish-Cuban movie, Viva, is a genuine crowd-pleaser… The fresh setting and superb performances validate the audience’s rapture… the performances in this film are pitch perfect.” Hollywood Reporter
“Viva, shot and set in Cuba, calls on a set of remarkable performances to wring something vivid and often fresh out this narrative of redemption…at this film’s heart lies a real sense of tenderness.” The Guardian