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Viva Riva!

R| 1 hr. 36 min.

Plot Summary
With the Democratic Republic of Congo suffering from a gasoline shortage, criminal Riva (Patsha Bay) comes back home with gasoline stolen from his sometime employer, Cesar (Hoji Fortuna). Determined to use his new wealth to have a good time, Riva hits the town with longtime friend J.M. (Alex Herabo). At a club, Riva meets gorgeous Nora (Manie Malone) and steals her away from her gangster boyfriend, Azor (Diplome Amekindra). With both Cesar and Azor after him, Riva struggles to stay alive.

Cast: Patsha Bay , Manie Malone , Hoji Fortuna , Marlene Longange , Diplome Amekindra , Alex Herabo , Angelique Mbumb , Nzita Tumba

Director: Djo Munga

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Music Box

Viva Riva! (2010)

Release Date: June 10th, 2011|1 hr. 36 min.

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  • A fast-moving Congolese crime thriller loaded with graphic sex and violence - basically an exploitation picture. But it's hard to surrender to the gritty flow because the story is stitched together from such crushingly familiar bits. show more

  • Unfortunately, despite the sweaty, tense atmosphere, Viva Riva becomes derivative of the duller scenes in other gangster flicks. show more

  • Driven by its charismatic upstart gangster protagonist Riva, the film is one joyride that knows it will careen into a spectacular crash. Djo Tunda wa Munga captures the particular vibe released by this mixture of carpe diem and self-destructive instinct. show more

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