Viva la Vida is a bittersweet ensemble drama about a Finnish expat family living in southern Spain, facing an existential crisis over the course of the Christmas holidays. The father Otso has been dwelling in self-pity since the bankruptcy of his restaurant, pulling the rest of the family towards his depression. The older daughter Selma, a vocal hater of Fuengirola, has decided to escape back to Finland as soon as she can, while her mother Hannele, a hopeless romantic, has started an affair with her boss. As their neighbour Samppa, a former pop star, has his son Arttu stay over for the holidays, the stagnant situation starts to unravel. Arttu is able to show Selma the world beyond the failed businesses and marriages of Fuengirola, and Hannele has to make decisions about her love affairs.