Urania Cabral (Isabella Rossellini) returns to Santo Domingo, after several years, and remembers her and her family's relationship to Rafael Leonidas Trujillo (Tomas Milian), the Dominican dictator, as well as the events surrounding his assassination.
Based on the best-selling novel by Mario Vargas Llosa, this is the story of Urania Cabral (Isabella Rossellini), a beautiful, kind, intelligent, and independent Manhattan lawyer whom, after thirty years, returns to the Dominican Republic to face her ghosts and the horrifying circumstances that altered her life forever when she was a teenager, and Rafael Leonidas Trujillo (Tomas Milian) a.k.a El Chivo (The Goat) was the iron-handed ruler of this island paradise. After Urania faces her past, nothing in her present or future will ever be the same again.Written by
Miguel Cane (Stepford@yahoo.com)
The National Police (Policia Nacional) of Dominican Republic was the color green in Trujillo's Era, however, on the film it appears yellow. The Nacional Police was not yellow until 2004-2005. See more »
Hollywood its not
first of all this movie is nothing like the book and is definitely not the era of Trujillo. Hollywood is not, they should have given it to Hollywood but they didn't. it looks like it was filmed entirely at night, there's no show of the country because everything looks like it took place at night maybe because of lack of funds or imagination. the acting, well I rather not comment on that, suffice is to say that to me is worth 2 stars. the Spanish version, we have Trujillo speaking Catalan like if he was born in Spain, and so is everyone else for that matter, from the top of the military to the bellhop. I waited for this movie only to he highly disappointed, it sucks big time. thanks god I did not pay a lot of money to see it, then it would have been a really big disappointment. Iam Dominican, and in fact I even got to meet Trujillo once, and I tell you that wasn't him or even a close resemblance. I truly hope that one day, Hollywood would decide to do Trujillo justice and then we will have like a second godfather, full of the violence that existed during the period and true to trill's character.
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