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Destiny Has No Favorites (2003)

El destino no tiene favoritos (original title)
Ana is a rich, repressed housewife. Much to her annoyance, her husband rents out their garden to a soap-opera production, and goes away on a business trip. In her dull solitude, Ana follows... See full summary »


Alvaro Velarde


Alvaro Velarde
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Credited cast:
Celine Aguirre Celine Aguirre ... Magda
Tatiana Astengo Tatiana Astengo ... Oliva
Angie Cepeda ... María
Bernie Paz Bernie Paz ... Alejandro
Elena Romero Elena Romero ... Virtudes
Rebeca Ráez Rebeca Ráez ... Martina
Monica Steuer ... Ana
Javier Valdez Javier Valdez ... Ernesto
Paul Vega Paul Vega ... Nicolás
Víctor Ángeles ... Bomba


Ana is a rich, repressed housewife. Much to her annoyance, her husband rents out their garden to a soap-opera production, and goes away on a business trip. In her dull solitude, Ana follows the shooting from her window, and soon becomes just as engrossed in the soap-opera as her two maids. When accidentally mistaken for an actress, she ends up being cast for a role -to the great dismay of the other actresses and her maids. The set soon becomes dominated by gossiping, intrigues and blackmail, while the boundary between her real world and the make believe world of soap-operas begins to blur. Ana finds herself entangled in a real life soap-opera all of her own when she tries to get everything back to normal before her husbands comes home. Written by Alvaro Velarde

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For them, life is a soap-opera in more ways than one.


Romance | Comedy


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Release Date:

16 October 2003 (Peru) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Lima, Peru

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Technical Specs


(Festivalissimo Montreal)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Funny, Witty, Intelligently Written
27 November 2005 | by claudio-h-steuerSee all my reviews

Refreshing to see a good movie without special effects focusing on a good plot and funny story. Valverde's direction keeps you focused on the main storyline without losing interest on the sub-plots. Monica delivers a credible performance captivating the audience as well as the movie. The movie shows the funny side of us all (and how many funny sides we all have collectively) as regards soap operas... we all like to ridicule them... but deep down... very few of us escape their magic aura and ability to transport us from our sometimes tedious life... to a magic world where fantasy takes place... A real portrait and caricature of Latin Americans ability to stop anything their doing only to be hypnotised and enchanted by the world of soaps !

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