Francisco Alcazar, a rich Mexican landowner, has two sons, Andres, born to his wife Sofia, and Juan, who's father has nothing to do with him. Francisco dies before he can legitimize Juan and the resentful Sofia casts the boy out. Fifteen years later, Andres returns from Europe to run the hacienda and is expected to marry Monica, the pious daughter of a countess. But he falls in love with Aimee, Monica's glamorous sister, unaware that she is having an affair with Juan. Juan becomes manager of Andres' estate, and finds an unexpected ally in Monica, who helps him improve conditions for the laborers. After Andres learns of Juan's affair with Aimee, a long, bloody feud begins that threatens the happiness of all four characters. Written by
Brilliant story. Not having seen the earlier versions, I have no idea if anything was changed from them (maybe someone else can enlighten us on this?). Great acting and cinematography, too. How can we ever forget Don Noel, Sophia, Andres, Aimee, Monica, and -- especially -- Juan.
Any woman who saw this and didn't want to trade places with Edith Gonzales would have to be gay, dead, or insane. Eduardo Palomo was one very hot guy; he could make you feel a kiss he's giving to his leading lady. He was a brilliant example of bad-boy appeal on a character who is more honorable than anyone purporting to be superior. It's a pity we lost him so soon.
This was the first novela de epoca I ever saw, and I'm hooked for life. It's as romantic and beautiful as a Kathleen Woodiwiss novel, with a highly appropriate musical soundtrack by Jorge Avendano.
Anyone who loved this would also love other novelas de epocas: RAMONA (with Eduardo as a Native American), YO COMPRO ESA MUJER (with the unforgettable Eduardo Yanez), and AMOR GITANO (with the very sexy Mauricio Islas).
Edited 11 May 2005.
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