Thursday, November 07, 2013
Synopsis: English translation of the teaser for 'Lo Que La Vida Me Robó' and: we could use some more recappers for this one.
This story takes place in the picturesque town of Aguazul. Montserrat lives there: she's a pretty girl, of high social status, who wants to have a "rose colored" life. She is constantly manipulated by her mother, Graciela Giacinti, for whom only social appearances are important and who will under no circumstances lose social status, even though her husband Lauro Mendoza, a retired admiral, has lost everything.
Montserrat has been converted into the solution to all her parents' socio-economic problems: her mother has selected her the ideal spouse, Sebastián de Icaza, son of one of the most influential familes in Aguazul. Nevertheless, Montserrat is not interested in marrying for her family's convenience and in fact is in love with José Luis, who runs a marina. Her parents ignore this romance, and this oppresses their daughter.
José Luis feels his relationship with Montserrat is going nowhere and feels the family Mendoza will never accept him.
On the other hand, Alejandro, a laborer on a nearby farm with hopes of bettering his station in life, knows the truth: that his father is Don Benjamin Almonte, a cruel, powerful and wealthy man who revealed this secret on his deathbed. Alejandra didn't receive this news happily. At the very same time life will bring him to meet Montserrat, for whom he immediately falls!
[Skipping a lot which seems to be spoilers]
The destiny of these three people will coincide and among them will be love, friendship, passion, contempt and rancor due to secrets, betrayals and hate provoked by the ambition and avarice that surrounds them.
Cast of characters:
Daniela Castro is Graciela Giacinti de Mendoza
Bad guy. Hypocrite, she appears a devoted woman devoted to her Catholicism but is actually a dark creature full of ambition and greed. She loves to be surrounded by luxury and is proud to be part of an important family. But she has a secret! Long ago she was the lover of Benjamín Almonte. Now, for money she is capable of selling her own daughter to his bastard son and heir.
Angelique Boyer is Montserrat Mendoza
Good guy. Noble, capable of sacrificing herself for her family. Fragile and innocent, she's been in a convent. To her own surprise, little by little she falls truly in love with her husband, which will be a problem when she falls for José Luis. All her problems will strengthen her character.
Sebastián Rulli is Alejandro Almonte
Good guy. Loyal and fair, a gentleman who treats people with respect. His mother, a humble farm worker, died when he was a lad. His life changes when his boss confesses to being his father and leaves him a pot of dough. He becomes a powerful man. He meets Montserrat and falls hopelessly in love with her.
Luis Roberto Guzmán is José Luis Álvarez
Good guy. From a poor background but honorable and a good worker. Capable of anything when it comes to love. Montserrat is the love of his life. When he finds out she is forced to marry a man she despises while he is in jail (unjustly) [spoilers]. He realizes, sadly, that the love Montserrat has for him has changed and that Alejandro, her husband, is a good man.
Sergio Sendel is Pedro Medina
Bad guy, of course. Arrogant and egotistical, of course. [Will he throw phones?] He married Nadia for political reasons: he needed a wife of perfect reputation and a good name when he ran for municipal president. He's dedicated to persecuting Alejandro.
Rogelio Guerra is Lauro Mendoza
Bad guy. Retired husband of Marina, he seems strong but deep down is weak. He and Graciela had two children: Montserrat and Dimitrio. His heart troubles, exacerbated by losing all his riches, have diminished him before his dominating wife.
There are a lot more characters described at Novela y Series
Thanks so very much for putting this up. I am so excited about this one! Rulli is one of my fave telenovela novios!
This might take me out of retirement (but for Mondays).
We will only be 3 weeks behind Mexico.
Daniela Castro is great as a crazy controlling mother. Her character in Mi Pecado still gives me chills.
Thank you for the introduction.
Along with Madelaine and UA and others, I am totally enthused about the Boyer/Rulli pairing. I'm also a bit intrigued by "Pantera" (hub used to watch this when home and this was on) and look forward to seeing what he does here.
Like Vivi, also want so see Daniela Castro. Few do bad so well.
Good luck to you all. I'm going to miss so much of this, I don't think I'll be able to catch up when I get back to my tns in January.
At least it seems possible to put the resemblance to Amor Real on hold while you all bond with the new characters.
Nanette--will miss your HLPL lists.
Vivi--Daniela Castro could really do evil well, cloaked behind a benign mother-figure in public in MP. However, I don't think she can hold a candle to Leticia Calderon's evil treatment of her niece in ENDA.
I also chuckled at the idea of AB being in a convent. I guess they were allowed visits to the plastic surgeon for implants. I would have more easily believed elite, strict boarding school, and then on to a small but prestigious conservative college/university.
The plot seems to be following the Amor Real plot pretty closely with changes necessary for bringing the story into the present. I will give it a chance, but I love Amor Real.
I am not going to compare the previous TNs to this one. This one is based on "Amor Real" and "Bodas de Odio". I haven't seen either of the two previous versions. This one will be "new" to me. I have seen snippets of "Amor Real" but when I found out this one was going to be based on that, I stopped watching. I want to see this one if full before watching the others.
Mads: I haven't seen either one of the two TNs this is based on either. One of these days I want to see Amor Real, and Alborada for that matter. Will have to start streaming, I guess.
I've been watching the episodes but I don't remember Boyer's character being in a convent in her past. I wonder if that idea was in earlier scripts and scratched during the production or if I've missed that mention.
I don't think she's at the same innocent level as Adela Noriega's character in Amor Real but I think that wouldn't have worked with this setting.
I like Castro, she was a little OTT in the first episode but she's great right now.
And I really love Rulli. Hopefully his character will stay separate enough from Manuel in Amor Real. It's still too early to tell.
Then I looked up Cadenas de Amargura again and found this clip from the 50 years of Telenovela celebration a few years ago:
The interviewer during those shows was telenovela legend and Daniela's aunt Verónica Castro. I though "aw, how nice she's sitting next to her aunt".
Then I thought about how Verónica Castro is Jose Alberto Castro's sister. And Jose Alberto Castro is Angelique Boyer's boyfriend.
So now it hit me for the first time:
Daniela is playing the mother of the girlfriend of her uncle in LQLVMR. Hmmm, haha.
Demetrios, I think Quiero Amarte is going to be just fine recap wise...and my guess is that it starts after Mentir para Vivir - that's the way it happened in Mexico, too, QA replaced MPV.
I'm more curious to know what replaces Corazon Indomable - if it's EVER over, because this years's tns in Mexico haven't done so great rating wise...And if Univision is butchering La Tempestad so much, what can we expect from them when it comes to other tns?
I was wondering where this pair of fabulous actors and romantic leads had gotten to and am thrilled they're back together again. I'm also glad Demetrios and Jarocha are giving this one a thumbs up! While MPV is finally heating up--having been on slow burn--the 9PM EST timeslot is probably going to be a sauna by comparison. I am definitely in for this one!