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The action occurs in Abasto Market in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A grown up single woman marries a mafia man who promised her he would change. After they've married, the past come to ruin the wife's life.
I found the official Argentinian DVD release of this charming little film by chance in a small store and immediately bought it because I had never seen a comedy with Argentina's legendary Mirtha Legrand, who is still active today at 83, beautiful, classy and youthful as ever. She hosts a TV programs that's been aired on TV over 40 years.
Legrand plays María Fernanda Alcántara, an extremely rich orphaned heiress raised by her grandmother (Felisa Mary) and her governess (Amalia Sánchez Ariño) who have pampered her ever since she lost her parents. The two elderly ladies are always quarreling about their mutual responsibility in relation to the young lady's recklessness and carefree ways.
But one day Alfredo Villegas, a responsible, hard-working lawyer with very high moral values (played by Ángel Magaña) appears in scene and María Fernanda falls for him. The two elderly ladies plot in order to make him propose, trying to convince him that María Fernanda will be the perfect wife and that she was raised to be an efficient housewife, when in fact she doesn't know how to cook an egg! Then trouble ensues.
A rather engaging comedy that shows Ms. Legrand beautifully coiffured and attired throughout the whole picture and her flair for comedic situations. There are some quite funny moments and Mrs. Mary and Sánchez Ariño, as the elderly ladies, are responsible for many of them.
The print I saw is not in very good shape, but then, how many Latin American films from the 1930s, 1940s or 1950s have been properly restored? Not many I bet.
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