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Passion: of people for the land and sea, of corporations for riches, and of men and women for each other. Vicente and Abigail run a banana plantation in Limon Province, on the Caribbean ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Jorge Perugorría ...
Vicente Vallejo
Cuca Escribano ...
Abigail
Maya Zapata ...
Irene
Roberto McLean ...
Jackson
Vinicio Rojas ...
Ezequiel
Thelma Darkings ...
Lorraine
Bismark Méndez ...
Rupert
Leonardo Perucci ...
Gonzalo
Arnoldo Ramos ...
Sanabria
Gabriel Retes ...
Lloyd
Xinia Rubie ...
Marva
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Roseta
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sara Astica ...
Mrs. Monserrat
Melvin Méndez ...
Pescador
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Passion: of people for the land and sea, of corporations for riches, and of men and women for each other. Vicente and Abigail run a banana plantation in Limon Province, on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Abigail's half-sister Irene, about whom Abigail knew nothing, comes to introduce herself. She is 21 and beautiful. Meanwhile, banana prices fall, threatening the plantation's finances. An oil company works with the government to get off-shore drilling rights, over local objection. Vicente is at the center of each cross-current. Will he fall for Irene, can he save the plantation, will he sell out to corporate offers? What of the coast: can its beauty be saved? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In fall 2005, this became the first-ever Costa Rican film to be submitted to the Academy Awards. Competing against over fifty other movies from around the world, it failed to be nominated for the 2006 Best Foreign Film Oscar. See more »

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Oil on the water ...
27 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...or Soap on the Beach.

What we have here is a love triangle between Vincente, his wife Abigail and her long-lost sister Irene. And then we have the tale of the American oil company preparing to despoil Costa Rica's fishing grounds, beaches and tourist economy in exchange for a few low-paying jobs.

From the moment Maya Zapata arises in the morning, turning her snow-white panties to the camera, we know this isn't going to end well (no pun initially intended). She and Vincente fall in lust, with Vincente being unable to decide between the women in his life. This plot moves predictably, with one very nice beach/lightning storm scene and a lovely lecture of Vincente by his cook Marva about "You've got to decide!...chicken or fish?!). No spoilers, but I wasn't satisfied with this story's resolution.

The bulk of the oil story must be on the cutting room floor, as it's given short shrift as far more than a minor plot element and far less than a plot. This story is based on actual Costa Rican history and worth looking at.

Neither story is done justice here. It's too bad Senor Ramirez didn't make two movies; I would have loved a documentary about the oil.


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