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"Pasión de gavilanes" is the story of the Reyes brothers, three honest and good-natured men until the day a shocking and unforgettable tragedy makes them go in search of revenge. Their plan takes an unexpected turn when they meet the Elizondo sisters, the three beautiful daughters of the powerful hacendado who they blame for their misfortune. Written by
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This is the first novela I watched to the end on Telemundo because the story and the actors are all excellent.
When the young and naive Libia Reyes becomes pregnant by her much older lover, her three older brothers' protective instincts are activated. Until the man dies in a riding accident, none of the Reyes family members know he is married with three daughters who are all older than Libia. When his widow humiliates Libia before the rest of the Elizondo family until she takes her own life, her brothers find out and decide to get revenge. Upon arrival at the Elizondo ranch they decide that "an eye for an eye" means seducing the family's three daughters. Of course, they don't anticipate that any of them will actually fall in love. The girls' controlling mother does everything possible to thwart their longed-for independence aided and abetted (of course) by Norma's husband Fernando and his boyhood friend Armando, the latter of whom fights the middle Reyes brother for the attentions of the beautiful singer Rosario Montes. And things get REALLY interesting when the Reyes brothers suddenly fall into a fortune.
The action contains the right amount of light relief in between the standard novela conflicts about love, marriage, class distinctions, and what the neighbors will say. Reigning supreme over that is Jorge Cao as Martin, grandfather to the three girls. Full of spit and vinegar, he provides some needed reality checks to his family while occasionally being a pain to his daughter Gabriela, a very proper woman who is more than a little overinvolved in her grown daughters' lives.
The sibling sets appear to have been cast with more of an eye to actor chemistry than physical resemblance, but it works well nonetheless. The chemistry between the couples, always the driving force of novelas, is hot enough to heat your living room. Danna Garcia and Mario Cimarro look like a romance novel cover come to life; their first lovemaking scene where they begin by stripping for each other is worth repeat viewings. Paola Rey and Alfonso Baptista make a lot of heat during the amusing situation that provokes their first kiss and later when making love in a gorgeous waterfall.
The actors playing the Reyes brothers are handsome and studly, the male villains elegantly malevolent, and the females range from pretty to beautiful. The music is an mix of cumbia, norteña, tejano, and Texas Country, characteristic of the story's location, with the occasional mariachi song. There is a soundtrack CD.
Tune in even if you only took Spanish in high school; this program is well worth the effort!
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