Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister's wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.
Nearly twenty years after the events of "The Girl of Your Dreams", in the 1950s, Macarena Granada, who has become a Hollywood star, returns to Spain to film a blockbuster about Queen Isabella I of Castile.
In 1981, Virginia Vallejo is a famous Colombia's journalist and TV news anchorwoman who is invited to a VIPs party in the ranch of Pablo Escobar, a low-born man who gained money and power with drug trafficking together his friends, turning them in the new generation of rich men of the country. Seduced by his charisma, Virginia starts a passionate love affair with Escobar despite he's a family man married with María Victoria. Along the 80's years, Escobar becomes famous in his try to better the life of the low-born people of Medellín and raising a politician carrier in the Colombia's congress, but Virginia starts to understand Escobar's real power controlling an empire of crime in Colombia and spreading his drug by all USA. It causes that the DEA's agent Shepard interests by his business and by Virginia, contacting her looking for a way to stop him. With the President Belisario Betancur allying with USA to stop Escobar and extradite him to judge outside Colombia, this last one starts a...Written by
Stop comparing to Narcos, and slow down Spanish Language Lovers !
This is a simple biography movie about "Escobar" from the viewpoint of "Virginia Vallejo" ,a colombian journalist who had a relationship with "Escobar" in 80's till his death, so the movie shows the last 10 to 15 years in "Escobar's" life, which is good and bad in the same time.
It's good that it shows a specific situations related to the timeline of the story without getting into details , and it goes directly into the actions of drug trafficking. But you may find it bad as it's not a full documentary about the life of "Escobar", so you may have questions not getting answered about the start of his business and his childhood or his life before the drug business.
I found the movie quite enjoyable with that accent,However there is some scenes with full spanish dialogue which is not subtitled so it can be annoying.
The script is acceptable, the directing is good in addition to the photography, the acting of "Javier Bardem" is the best and watching him with his face reactions and his daily splendour lifestyle as "Escobar" is quite enjoyable, you may feel that "Penélope Cruz" doesn't really act and she is showing her real personality but i can't really decide if this is a good or bad thing.
The movie follow a single timeline and it focus about how "Escobar" deal with his family, friends, business and women. The adoption of his home, prison, friends, family and death is really impressive, and you can depend on it if you want to know the real lifestyle of "Escobar".
You can watch "American Made" if you want to see American point of view of "Escobar" and some of his actions.
Finally, it's a good biography movie that lacks a real plot, but this didn't prevent it to be an enjoyable movie that you may hardly feel bored watching it.
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