• Daniel Slack

    Whilst it is not a masterpiece, Viva Riva is a pretty excellent gangster/crime movie and, as recognised by the African Movie Academy, is one of the most acclaimed African films of all time. The performances are all good, the direction and cinematography shine and the script is quite tight. The main faults in this movie is that it is a little contrived at points and that there's a bit too much plot - a bit too much happening - in…

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  • TajLV

    ★★★★

    Part of my African Safari/Nollywood Challenge

    Both France and Belgium had a hand in producing this gritty crime thriller from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Writer-director Djo Munga hails from Kinshasa, but he lived and studied in Belgium from the age of ten. This marks his second feature film and the first using dialog in Lingala, a Bantu language, as well as French, with filming conducted in the Congolese capital.

    The story opens in a remote location on the Congo…

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  • Sharon Rwakatungu

    ★★★½

    On rewatch I got major issues with the characters but this films rawness and story still work and it's so entertaining.

    Everybody remembers the erotic scenes especially the "window eat out" and I can't fault them on that but it's got more to it. Especially the broad look into Kinshasa, you get a good feel of the situation.

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  • RickAtTheMovies

    (part of the CineWorldTrip)
    39. Dem. Rep. of Congo

    Most of the African films I’ve seen so far have directly or indirectly dealt with the contrast between Africa and the West. This one doesn’t, and that is sort of refreshing. ( I am aware this in itself can be considered a political and even egotistical statement, but I am only human after all)

    This is a hardcore gangster drama, about Riva, a recently released convict moving into the highly profitable…

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  • Carlos Magalhães

    ★★★½

    A brutal and gripping Congolese neo-noir that doesn't invest as much in character development as it does in creating a raw atmosphere, and so the result is an exciting and realistic blaxploitation movie that turns a generic plot into an interesting return to the grindhouse days.

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  • ArizonaJim

    ★★★

    In terms of narrative, a crime movie. There is an oil shortage in Kinshasa and prices are escalating. Riva (Patsha Bay) arrives from Angola with a truck full of petrol and, with his partner, expects to make a killing. But he has stolen the petrol and the Angolan gangster Cesar (Hoji Fortuna) is after him. And to complicate matters Riva takes a fancy to Nora (Manie Malone), the woman of another petty gangster. But it is all filmed in a…

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  • pradeepsastra

    Congo is suffering from a huge fuel Crisis and Riva, a young playboy comes to its Capital City Congo with a truck full of Gasoline. The Truck belongs to his former Boss, Ceaser from Angola. Riva meets Nora, Lover of a local smuggler Azor in a party and falls for her. Meanwhile Ceaser comes to Congo in search of Riva. What happened to Riva is the story.

    Directed by Djo Tunda Wa Munga, the movie is high in standards when…

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  • Ingen

    ★★★

    Our 2016 Movie Challenge
    May - Sub-Saharan Africa
    #17 - The Democratic Republic of Congo

    Really good cinematography, acting, direction, and soundtrack. The plot was the standard fare, nothing original or innovative, but was interesting from beginning to end. There was a large number of sex scenes and violent scenes, including a few disturbing scenes of domestic violence. What made this movie really stand out from others seen for this month's challenge was the inclusion of two lesbian characters who…

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  • JedidiahAyres

    No grand statements here, just a particularly vibrant and sensuous setting (Kinshasa) for a rise and fall of a gangster picture. Great chemistry too between Patsha Bay and Manie Malone. The energy, the urgency and the Congo locale - all rubble and glamour - make it a highly enjoyable flick I'll want to revisit again soon.

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  • Kennis N

    ★★★

    I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I purchased tickets to Viva Riva!, a gangster flick that takes place in the Congolese town of Kinshasa where gasoline is as good as gold. Thankfully my bet on this film paid off! It was kind of slow to start, but once it grabbed my attention it held on for dear life. The story begins with the main character, Riva, returning to his hometown after being away for many years. He…

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  • QED

    ★★★★

    Directed by Djo Tunda Wa Munga this film stars Patsha Bay, Manie Malone, Hoji Fortuna, Fabrice Kwizera and Marlene Longage. A Congolese man returns from Angola after 10 years away with a truck of stolen petrol during a fuel crisis.

    The plot of this film is pretty standard genre fare that strays into exploitation territory but is a fun watch thanks to some slick execution. Seeing a crime story like this set in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is…

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  • russman

    ★★

    Running on empty

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