Cinephiles discovered Chavela Vargas in Kika, but the "Mexican Piaf" has been an icon for ages. Born in 1919, she made a name for herself in the cabarets of Mexico, reinvigorating the ranchero song with her husky and timeless voice, always in pants and a poncho. Her rebellious character and insatiable alcoholism took her away from the stage, before returning to it in the early 90s, driven by the friendship and admiration of Pedro Almodóvar. She made it all the way to the Olympia in Paris and Carnegie Hall. She sang until her death, at age 93, in her beloved Mexico. This free spirit was a great lover, including a short, yet steamy relationship with Frida Kahlo. At the heart of the documentary, there is "la Vargas", and most importantly there is music and her deep, rocky, heart-rending voice, singing of lost loves. Chavela is a vibrant and extensive film that pays tribute to a true force of nature. Definitely not to be missed!