In 1856, a whaler arrives in Paita, Peru; on board is Herman Melville, who is astonished to learn that Manuela Sáenz, for eight years the lover of Simón Bolívar, is still alive. He calls on...
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Simon Bolivar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered -- it liberated.
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In 1856, a whaler arrives in Paita, Peru; on board is Herman Melville, who is astonished to learn that Manuela Sáenz, for eight years the lover of Simón Bolívar, is still alive. He calls on her, and although she will not talk to him about her life, his visit sends her to her chest of Bolívar's letters. As she reads them, the sepia-toned present gives way to flashbacks in color: she meets 'the Liberator' in 1822, becomes his lover, and also becomes a colonel in his military movement to realize the 'Gran Colombia', one nation across South America. As plague (brought by the ship) closes in on Manuela's household, so does her tempestuous story move toward Bolívar's betrayal and death. Written by
Set during the Independence War (early 1800's), when Simón Bolívar's troops fought against Spain to free Venezuela, Bolivia, Perú, Ecuador and New Granada (now Colombia), Manuela Sáenz tells the love story between Sáenz and Bolívar in a very romantic way, and also shows the character of this woman, who stood up by herself in a time were woman were diminished.
The film has a great script (by Leonardo Padrón), and Cézary Jaworsky makes a remarkable job with the photography. Not to mention the great directing by Diego Rísquez.
This movie also features the last performance by Mariano Álvarez (Simón Bolívar), whose career in venezuelan TV, theater and cinema will never be forgotten.
And Beatríz Valdés (Manuela Sáenz) shows that she can make much more than just soap operas.
If you want to see a great story about this great woman, go see this movie!
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