Riva is a small time operator who has just returned to his hometown of Kinshasa, Congo after a decade away with a major score: a fortune in hijacked gasoline. Wads of cash in hand and out for a good time, Riva is soon entranced by beautiful night club denizen Nora, the kept woman of a local gangster. Into the mix comes an Angolan crime lord relentlessly seeking the return of his stolen shipment of gasoline. Director Djo Tunda Wa Munga's Kinshasa is a seductively vibrant, lawless, fuel-starved sprawl of shantytowns, gated villas, bordellos and nightclubs and Riva is its perfect embodiment.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The Congolese writer and director Djo Tunda Wa Munga gives Viva Riva! a playful sensuality that goes a long way toward disguising formula.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 06.09.2011
A nastily effective, sociologically pungent genre piece...Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 06.09.2011
The titular exclamation point promises exuberant fun that the movie delivers only in spots.Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 06.23.2011
"Viva Riva!" has its cake and eats it, too. Shoots it to pieces, actually.Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 07.07.2011