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Directed by Richie Adams

United States 2014 98 mins.

Based on the novel by Dr. Nicolas Bazan, Una Vida tells the intimate story of disheartened, grieving neuroscientist Dr. Alvaro Cruz after the death of his mother and the unique relationship he develops with the mesmerizing New Orleans street singer Una Vida as her health declines and her struggle with Alzheimer’s progresses. Cruz strives to find meaning in Una Vida’s fragmented recollections of tantalizing jazz lyrics and spellbinding vocals.

Genres: Drama



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