Mad Love (2001)
"Juana la Loca" (original title)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  30 August 2002 (USA)
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The love story who transformed Juana, Queen of Spain, into Juana "The mad". A story of passions, lies and jealousy with a politic fight behind.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosana Pastor ...
Giuliano Gemma ...
De Veyre
Álvaro de Estúñiga
Guillermo Toledo ...
Capitán Corrales
Susi Sánchez ...
Reina Isabel (as Susy Sánchez)
Chema de Miguel ...
Don Juan Manuel
Andrés Lima ...
Cipriano Lodosa ...
Manuela Arcuri ...
Carolina Bona ...
Jorge Monje ...
Sol Abad ...


Juana is married off by her pious parents, the Catholic kings Ferndinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille, to ally Spain, united by their marriage, to the Burgundian and other Habsburg heritage of archduke Maximilian's son Philip. When they meet, it's love at first sight, for her all-consuming, for him one of many happy bed partnerships as she later discovers. Deaths in her family soon make Juana Isabella's heir, but Ferdinand suggests she inherited her grandmother's madness and supports Philip's ambition to rule instead, which becomes the stakes of political maneuvering in the Cortes (nobility-dominated parliament). Combined with Philip's incurable infidelity, which includes a Moorish whore-princess, multiple drama is inevitable, and worse follows. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

30 August 2002 (USA)  »

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Mad Love  »

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€4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,417 (USA) (30 August 2002)


$279,605 (USA) (13 December 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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Remake of Locura de amor (1948) See more »


Composed by Luis de Milán
Adapted by Pepe Rey
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"Mad" or sexually liberated?
1 April 2004 | by (Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

I can't believe this film has such a low rating. Every time I see it in the video store, I think, "I wish I could erase my memory of it so I could see it again for the first time."

The viewer gets an intimate look at life as a female member of a royal family during the 16th century. Unable to control with whom she spends her life or make basic choices, Juana is confined in a woman's role, yet has sexual passion fit only for men in her time. And possibly still in ours. It is up to the viewer to decide is she is "mad" or simply craves intimacy.

An unpredicable, controversial, and beautifully filmed period film, don't pass this one up.

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