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Ana Maria in Novela Land (2015)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 27 February 2015 (USA)
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Ana Maria is having a bad day until she magically switches places with the main character of her favorite telenovela. As she struggles to escape from Novela Land, Ana Maria finally understands why her real life was such a mess.

Director:

Georgina Garcia Riedel (as Georgina Riedel)

Writers:

Georgina Garcia Riedel (as Georgina Riedel), Jose Nestor Marquez
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Edy Ganem ... Ana Maria / Ariana Tomosa
Michael Steger ... Tony / Armando
Juan Pablo Gamboa ... Eduardo
Sosie Bacon ... Poppy Lake
Kit Williamson ... Greg Wells
Carla Morrison ... Laura Diaz
Megan Hayes ... Shop Girl
Cesar Hernandez ... Flavio
Peter Mendoza ... Ernesto
Elizabeth Peña ... Sra. Soto
Mercedes Mason ... Ana Gloria
Dyana Ortelli ... Mercedes
Luis Guzmán ... Licenciado Schmidt
Nestor Serrano ... Sr. Soto
Peter Vasquez ... Pedestrian (as Peter Mark Vasquez)
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Ana Maria is having a bad day until she magically switches places with the main character of her favorite telenovela. As she struggles to escape from Novela Land, Ana Maria finally understands why her real life was such a mess.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ana Maria no Mundo da Novela See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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$1,600,000 (estimated)
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Elizabeth Pena final film before her death in 2014. See more »

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Edy Ganem is irresistible
27 February 2015 | by RamascreenSee all my reviews

I really like this film, it reminds me of some of the films that I liked where the characters wish that their life could be different and after their wish got miraculously granted and they've experienced it, they want nothing more than to go back to their old life, movies like "Big" or even the recent "Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day" There's something enchanting about ANA MARIA IN NOVELA LAND. And I think the lead star, Edy Ganem's comedic timing is perfect, she's hilarious, she's drop dead beautiful, I can't keep eyes off of her, and I'd like to see her doing more movies like this. And on top of that, this film also features the late great Elizabeth Pena in one of her final performances, may she rest in peace.

The story essentially is about Ana Maria (Edy Ganem) who finds herself magically transported into her favorite telenovela, while the character from that show takes her place in the real world. Ana Maria at first enjoys her new life but finally understands why she needs to get back to her unglamorous real life.

Edy Ganem plays two characters in this film, which is a testament to the talent of this young beautiful actress. As the novela character, she's feisty, she feels entitled, Edy plays it with a level of arrogance that cracks you up. And as Ana Maria who finds herself in Novela Land, Edy is like a kid in a candy store or the buffet line, like what any one of us would do if we struck lottery jackpot and buy a Lamborghini with our rich new money the first chance we get. This is a story about self-realization, it's a story about family. There are parts in ANA MARIA IN NOVELA LAND that I think could've been trimmed down a bit, I think the conflict at the end could've been more well-written because it feels too drawn out, but for the most part, it seems that co-writer/director Georgina Riedel did her best with the budget she's given. I think the way the story goes back and forth from real world to novela land is quite balanced. I think such films as this, such films as ANA MARIA IN NOVELA LAND featuring a working class minority family played by talented actors who deserve more gigs, need to be championed and supported and I for one am rooting for it.

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