Jesus is a hairdresser 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.
"The story is slightly melodramatic, but director Paddy Breathnach finds ways to make it surprisingly moving at times, in the same way that he makes the Havana slums look paradoxically beautiful."
"The beauty of "Viva" comes from within. Mr. Breathnach doesn't bother with picturesque vistas of old Havana, or with lurid shots of the club."
"Nothing happens you won't see coming, but it's all so deftly done you're more than happy to wait for the inevitable to arrive."