Deep inside, Manuel has always been Manuela. Amidst her worst love crisis, Manuela reinvents herself as Manuel in order to pass as the fiancé of her best friend Coca - who is pregnant from ... See full summary »
Deep inside, Manuel has always been Manuela. Amidst her worst love crisis, Manuela reinvents herself as Manuel in order to pass as the fiancé of her best friend Coca - who is pregnant from a one-night stand and must face her conservative family. Hidden identities, misunderstandings, and the tension between two friends pretending to be what they are not, stage a colorful and up-beat story. Manuela y Manuel is a visually-captivating comedy about two friends performing in the melodrama of Latin America life. Written by
MANUELA & MANUEL is a bit of fluff from Puerto Rico that is a finely written (José Ignacio Valenzuela), well-directed (Raúl Marchand Sánchez) take off on one of the most popular French farces of the past decades -LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. It is highly entertaining, boasts some very fine performances by a solid cast, and manages to make fun of itself at the same time. This is entertainment without a hidden agenda.
Manuel (Humberto Busto) has always lived as Manuela, a drag queen full of energy and talent whose job in the local nightclub is secure along with his fellow 'lady performer' Fararona (Marian Pabon). But in private his heart is broken because the love of his life Ramon (Johnny Lozada) has left him. His best friend Coca (Elena Iguina) confides in him that she is pregnant by a soldier off to war and wants to keep her child, asking Manuela to act as the father of the child when she confesses her problem to her parents. Challenged by the masculine role he would have to play, Manuela emphasizes the Manuel persona and agrees to help his friend. When, dressed in a men's clothes by his landlady Rosa (Luz María Rondón) whose life is spent waiting for a letter from a man she lost, he presents to Coca's parents German (Sunshine Logroño) and Norma (Marisol Calero) and Coca announces that she and Manuel are to be married! All manner of hilarious mistaken identities occur and secrets are revealed and the 'marriage' opens many doors to the 'superb' finale!
The music an the cinematography are excellent, making the entire story feel as though it were a successful staged musical comedy. MANUELA & MANUEL sparkles.
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