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Aviva (2020)



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"Aviva" is a uniquely sexy dancing in the streets, sheets and bars impressionistic take on a movie romance, set in a New York world of gender-fluid and frequently fully unclothed bodies. Director Boaz Yakin 's ("Fresh," "Remember the Titans," "A Price Above Rubies") dreamy film, with choreography from former member of Israeli dance company Batsheva Dance Company and co-star Bobbi Jene Smith, tells a story that is timeless, universal and yet up-to-the-moment. The character of Aviva, played by both Zina Zinchenko (and at times by Or Schraiber), is a young Parisian who develops an online romance with Eden, played by Tyler Phillips (and at times Bobbie Jene Smith), a New Yorker. After a long courtship they meet in person and fall in love, settling into an intimate relationship that leads to marriage, but one, as many are, laced with conflicts. Incorporating exuberant dance sequences, and featuring a pair of principal characters played by four different actors daringly expressing both masculine and feminine sides, "Aviva" captures a restless and changing today where who we are as women and men, and how we navigate the world, is up for grabs.


Zina Zinchenko
as Aviva (woman)
Or Schraiber
as Aviva (man)
Aven Courtney
as Mark Gold
Tyler Phillips
as Eden (Man), Tyler Phillips
Bobbi Jene Smith
as Eden (woman)
Sam Brock
as Adam Fink
Caroline Do
as Realtor #3
Jennifer Dubourg
as Bracconi-Aviva's Mother
Jessica Damouni
as Reception Dancer
Joaquim DeSantana
as Aaron Butts
Charlotte Bydwell
as Eden's Mother
Daniel Staaf
as Tony Takata
Sébastien Gill
as Nissan (double)
Roman Malenda
as 12-Year Old Eden
Monica Lima
as Coney Island Dancer
Wenti Miller
as Teen Male Kisser
Sarah-Grace Donnelly
as High School Girl
Charissa Kroeger
as Dancer (Aviva's Film)
Taegan Schurk
as Little Eden (4)
Jasmine Sinclair
as Coney Island Dancer
Jean-Marie Jasnot
as Gropping Man
Amy Frances Wright
as Crying Woman #3
Henry Trueheart
as Tenn Eden (17)
Maddie Brown
as Jeannie
Raymond Ejiofor
as Dancer (Aviva's Film)
Caitlin Moira
as Crying Woman #2
Yann Hicke
as Douglass
Rachel Lovett
as Coney Island Dancer
Chryssa Florou
as Aviva's Friend
Jenna Saccurato
as Reception Dancer
Maxmillian Robinson
as Self - HS Student
Jim Grevatt
as Subway Dancer
Sivan Roth
as Carrie
Gianna Gagliardi
as High School Girl
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Critic Reviews for Aviva

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (6)

It's an ambitious piece, but in the dance between experimental ideas and grounded storytelling, "Aviva" should have listened to her body.

June 16, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Sexy and often daring.

June 12, 2020 | Full Review…

A shape-shifting, fluid film that is more a feat of dance and choreography than of cinematic storytelling.

June 12, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"Aviva" fails to find a deeply resonant rhythm.

June 11, 2020 | Full Review…

What's fresh about it: its questioning of gender, its use of dance not as an entertaining interlude but as a primary mode of expression.

June 11, 2020 | Full Review…

The film poses gripping questions about coupledom, self-knowledge and, not least, the rewards of artistic flow versus the pain of disconnection.

May 26, 2020 | Full Review…

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