Shameless raises the curtain on the 70’s Sexual Revolution with filmmaker Anna Biller’s exquisite tapestry reimagining the titillation of that era. Defying the preconceptions of so-called skin flicks, VIVA is underpinned by bold and cheeky irony, yet the dead-pan tone never passes any moral-judgement.
Barbi, played by Anna Biller, is a bored Los Angeles housewife who yearns for a life beyond suburban ennui. After a quarrel with her husband, she reinvents herself as Viva, and dives into an odyssey of sexual liberation – encountering swingers’ clubs, brothels, psychedelic hippy communes – climaxing in a spectacular drug-fuelled orgy..!
This world-1st release on Blu-ray, made with HD materials provided by the director herself, finally does justice to this exquisite tableau filled with astonishing attention to details and eye-popping production design inspired by period Playboy magazines.
Crackling with joyous parody, this striking tour-de-force becomes an art-form per se. And it’s sexy too!
Anna Biller’s behind the scene featurette
Audio commentary by critic Heather Drain
Anna’s photos from the set