Monday, November 18, 2013
Lo Que La Vida Me Robó -- Gran Estreno
Almonte Estate, Master Bedchamber: At the same moment, the ailing Conde Benjamín Almonte sent for his estate manager, Alejandro, the only person he was willing to trust. When Alejandro reported to the master bedchamber, he was told to admit Padre Anselmo. The female servants were not to be involved; he feared that news of his impending death would bring out their greed [Clearly, he once saw Zorba the Greek]. The bemused Alejandro opined that any such greed would certainly have shown long before this. El Conde did not react to this, but told him to inform Padre Anselmo that he had successfully completed his studies and further, that were his parents alive they would take great pride in him.
The good padre arrived and Alejandro left them alone that they may speak. Padre Anselmo arrived prepared to administer the Last Rites and he asked if the conde wished to confess himself. “Oh, but you already know all my sins!” said the impatient conde. “There is still time for repentance” said the padre. It was not matters of the spirit of which el conde wished to speak, but of more worldly matters. “I am changing my last will and testament,” said he, “and I am trusting you to see that it is carried out properly.” Padre Anselmo pledged his compliance.
Conde Lauro and Lady Monserrat entered and he told her to retire to her chamber until the evening repast was served. She exited and before her mother could spit more venom, Conde Lauro announced that he was relieved that their daughter knew in time that she did not love Sir Sebastián. He is satisfied with this and told his wife that he was happy that his daughter is a woman whom she can no longer manipulate.
My next recap for this series will be in two weeks, as I have alternating Mondays. I don't know if I will stick with this style or not.
I liked the take on the fairy tale, it certainly started as one, that's for sure. You always have a knack for this storytelling and it is fabulous. Thanks so much.
There's a lot of greed already. I wonder why Graciela felt she was entitled to Benny's money, same with Juvie. I wonder where they got that idea.
I like Monse so far. She's crying already but with good reason from being slapped like that.
I am liking Lauro. He is a good Papa and firm. I like that too, not being led around by the nose by Graciela.
I don't like Graciela. Bossy, no feelings for anyone but herself and maybe Dimi. He seems to be her favorite and Monse seems to be the ends to the means to make a moneyed marriage.
Dimi is dim that is for sure. I see trouble ahead with him.
Loving Alejandro! Strong, angry man! Sigh! I want to see him run that hacienda and make Juvie work his butt off. Maria seems very nice and Alejandro must be the love of her life.
I like Jose Luis he seems like a decent guy, but I liked the last scene the best where Monse thinks she is hugging Jose Luis but it's really Alejandro and the look exchanged between them, sigh!
Can't wait for tomorrow to see what happens.
Loved the way you began the recap, very apt, the story is like a fairy tale (Disney version, even!).
Stunning and well-selected screen shots.
Has anyone noticed lately that the moment that the leading man and lady meet each other is more dramatic with swelling music and fans blowing their hair in the wind as they look at each other for the first time? As if the audience will not realize what is happening? Is it just me?
I remember when Eduardo Palomo's last novela, Ramona aired, we all impatiently waited for the first kiss (which was in episode 19).
Graciela is starting to feel like Rosario of Mi Pecado. Thinks she's pious when she isn't, doesn't believe in love, and prefers her son over her daughter. Also married to a man who prefers the daughter over the son.
Now...to read your recap!
P.S. We are missing you over on MPV. I hope you are watching it as it is excellent.
It was a good first episode. Monse is certainly not lacking for suitors. I bet Sebas has a girlfriend (or boyfriend) in England and couldn't wait to get back. I certainly don't believe he was faithful to his child bride fiance all three of these years when he couldn't even be bothered to call or send an e-mail.
Monse seems to like the older men. Hmmmm...I enjoyed that final scene when she wraps her arms around Alejandro. What a pleasant surprise for them both!
I was abroad for several weeks without chance to watch the TN-s that I was keeping up with so I'm completely lost all my chances to catch up. I won't even try.
I think I stick with this new one, lets see how it goes.
I can watch any thing with SR even though AB is not my favourite they have good chemistry.
Now somebody plz explain why is the mustached farmhand thinks he ought to have the old man's wealth?
You didn't miss anything with Juventude (the mustache guy). They didn't say why he felt entitled to the money. I am wondering that myself, but the thing to me is why did Graciela feel entitled to Benjamin's fortune? Is she related? An old amante perhaps? Hmmmm...points to ponder.
This seems to be a remake of a period piece, and if they can't be troubled to address modern communications in creating a plausible separation for the couple, make me wonder what the point of modernizing the story was. It so little effort was made to adapt the plot to modernity, why not just do another period version? Costume and set costs? Very bad sign.
Also, the idea of the daughter's marriage as financial salvation for the family... what century are we really in here?
Frankly, at first I found the titles of nobility and such of the recap off putting, but it serves well to highlight the poorly digested "period" source material.
So far the evidence suggests a cheaply produced and poorly (re)written effort. Here's hoping the cast can overcome the handicaps.
I can see your point about the period pieces, but a lot of us didn't see said period pieces before this "remake". Sometimes the writers of the "remakes" don't follow the original ones at all but add and detract for the new version. We shouldn't compare the older versions of this TN until this one is ending because it could involve spoilers for those of us that didn't see the originals.
Thank you for getting us off to such an excellent start.
Great first recap. Along with some of the others, I too loved the fairy tale theme.
I had not seen a TN with DC since "Canaveral de Pasiones", when she played the protagonist. For me this will be a total change in character, but so far she has not disappointed. I always knew she could play a villain with that raspy voice of hers.
So far I like Monse, Lauro, Alejandro & Jose Luis. Juventude (mustached guy)seems like he could be a problem, along with Dimi too.
Loved the last scene, where Monse mistakes Alejandro for Jose Luis. Now that's 'amor a primera vista.'
BTW, did anyone think AB looked extremely thin? I thought I saw her ribcage with that backless dress she was wearing.
p.s. Condolences go out to family and friends of Karla Alvarez; TN actress that passed away Friday.
Thank you, Urba, love the style of the first recap, works very well with the original story that this is inspired from.
AB and SR have a pretty good chemistry, I'll be watching for them and to see how they make the old fashioned story work in this day and age.
The first meeting on the beach had all the requisite tn tricks: the mistaken identity, the sudden closeness, the gazing (Monse sure looked smitten for someone who is so in love with another man), the wind ...
Graciela is a former mistress or fiance of Benjamin. Obviously it didn't end well; I hope we find out the details.
What I'd love to know is what would happen legally to Benjamin's estate if he had no blood relatives at all?
Anon at 1:58AM this is a remake of a period piece. There are two earlier versions:
Bodas de Odio, made in 1985. That is the title of the original book; set during the 1910's. 75 episodes.
Amor Real, made in 2003. Title comes from the pop song used as the theme; set in the 1860's. 95 episodes
Never saw the original (and I don't think there is a DVD). The DVD of AR is so cut down I can't imagine it being any good. The series was excellent.
As to Graciela's attitude about Monserrat being the solution to their money issues, some women still actually believe this sort of thing. In this case it can also be motivated by Graciela's sense of entitlement to inherit the estate herself.
"[Graciela] clad in clothing so tight as to resemble sausage casing and in a colour suitable only to the oldest profession" That had me guffawing for the next few paragraphs. Other descriptors I thought drawing some terrific all-n-one imagery: "fishwife" and "Condesa Golfa". Thanks for another of your classy showpieces, amiga!
Looking forward to tomorrow.
"To the sound of flamenco-influenced music", "[Methinks she – like Pharaoh Ramses – here predicted her own fate]" and "We see from her expression that his countenance pleases her" were but a few of my favorites.
Interesting that DC received top billing. However, she is a masterful, commanding presence here, reeking of royalty and cruelty. An excellent actress.
Agree with Adriana Noel that Rulli and Boyer have amazing chemistry. Like them both and Rulli is muy guapo here. Sigh...
I was anxious to see the actor playing Jose Luis and was not disappointed. Intriguing.
Jardinera, liked your take on why Juventino is so angry and bitter. He might have been the Don's errand boy who fully (and wrongly) expected to be compensated.
It takes me longer than most to learn who all of the characters are and their relationships so I will simply say that I'm looking forward to what is to come.
UA, thank you again.
Thanks, Diana; I love wordplay and had a great time recapping LQNPA because of it. However, I disagree on Daniela Castro's presentation here. This character is trailer trash with a thin veneer of fashion. A diamond necklace doesn't add class to anyone who has none. In fact, since that was only a family meal I was wondering why she wore it unless it was a gift from Benjamin back in the day.
Since Lauro is a retired police chief I am wondering how he can afford that mansion.
BTW, although there have only been 25 episodes aired in Mexico, the Wikipedia page for this series already has spoilers. Do not go there if you don't want to know that information.
Looking forward to taking this journey. A lot of my favorite actors have yet to appear...
Lots of familiar faces in this one. I like SR with the longer hair. I was not happy with his short haired look in AV. The guy playing Benjamin (the dying hacienda owner) had a major role in Amor Real. He played the friend and employee of Manuel (in this show Alejandro). the part of Alejandro (Manuel) was played by Fernando Colunga. He was excellent. I am sure that SR will also be very good in this role. He has really grown as an actor. he might even become one of my telenovios.
So far, this novela is following some of the plot lines of Amor Real. Monserrat was named Matilde in Amor Real..She was played by Adele Noriego, young, naive, and innocent. She was in love with Antonio Solis, a military man. Her brother was played by Ernesto Laguardia, and he was a gambler, drinker, opportunist, and n'er-do-well. As in this show, the father (an ex military man who was highly respected) had lost his fortune and was unwell. He was close to his daughter and wanted her to marry for love. The mother (Helena Royo) was interested in having her daughter marry for money to improve the family's economic condition. the son was her favorite , and she was cruel and unloving with her daughter. the mothers sister lived with the family and was very close to the daughter. However, the mother in Amor Real was not the amante of the dying guy. As in this novela, the housekeeper was madly in love with the galan. Her father was the overseer . However, she did not have an uncle. Instead, the bad guy was a hacienda worker. The guy playing the uncle was Captain Rick's best pirate pal in Pasion. He played a funloving good guy in that one, so it will be interesting to see him play a villain.
I liked AB's flowing, chiffon maxi dress. I would so wear that. I got a kick out of her mother's black outfit complete with a BIG hat, layers of black fabric, and those spike heels. Yikes.
I just realised that the maid in love with Alejandro is the very same Matilde of the head shrinking headband (I think that was her name) in "Cuando Me Enamoro". I guess the barely hanging on the shoulder blouse will be her signature look for this TN. I found myself thinking about the practicality of doing work in that huge hacienda with no bra (I assume) and the blouse one step from falling off! LOL!
Madelaine, thank you for reassuring me that I had reason to be confused about Juve's actions and that I had not missed anything. :)
Aunty Ann, I did notice the rib cage on AB. My thought was that she must be REALLY skinny if we can see rib cage on TV! I have not seen many TN and only briefly watched "Abismo de Pasion". I couldn't get past the actress' voice then. Don't know, but it was just distracting. We'll see.
Anywho...Urban what a fantastic job of setting up the whole story. So much seems to happen in the first episode and it's hard to keep the characters straight. What a wonderful job of starting things off for us.
I'm predicting we will see Daniela and Angelique again as mother and daughter. They look as good a match as Helena Rojo and Adele Noriega did in the previous version.
I also noticed Angelique's ribs in that scene and I find that disturbing. I know there have been cases of anorexia among some young actresses for this network and I had hoped that this wouldn't happen. Most Televisa actresses look healthy with no bones showing and despite certain plastic surgeries this is a healthier trend than the "lollypop" look we see too frequently in US entertainment and fashion.
Am I being weird or does anyone else think that Monserrat will get seriously ribbed about what her married name will be?
Dc has a lower voice than most of the men in this show.
Great kickoff, UA! I'll be back a little later with my favorite lines -- there were many.
I agree that AB looked weirdly thin while she was prancing around on the beach like the sugar plum fairy. With those ribs and that chest, all I could think was "Cornish game hen."
Fatima, I was laughing with you about Maria's outfit. Why, I myself always go strapless and braless when galloping around on a horse after a fleeing galan! Keeps me fresh!
I did like the beach dress, although I would prefer it in another color. The handkerchief hem is very cool.
Urban, I posted on MPV day before yesterday (or thereabouts) re Karla Alvarez who played Irasema in QBA. She passed away on Friday. The reports stated she struggled with anorexia and bulimia. So incredibly sad.
Several familiar faces, but I was most excited to see Matilde (even minus the headband) from CME. She is such a cutie.
“In a manner unbecoming a lady of her station she enquired regarding Conde Benjamín's death.”
“He walked away, leaving Lady Monserrat in a mildly anxious state.”
“Alejandro sat down at the bedside and took a deep breath as if that would make the thought enter his mind.”
“floral-patterned gown of mixed modesty”
“before the eyes of God and a few sea birds”
I will try and watch this episode on the computer later on today, and then will go back and savor your artful summary once more.
Happy to be watching something you're recapping again. But still wishing I could see the complete Amor Real once more rather than watching a modern refrito.
Not a fan of AB and she isn't convincing me she is an innocent 19 year old Like SR and some of the others in the cast as well.
However I think the director needs to rein in a few people because there was some seriously bad over acting last night. Daniela Castro is a much better actress than she showed last night and that women playing the sister in law gets on my nerves big time. She seemed to be channeling the character she played in Corazon Apasiondo.
I'll probably give it a few more days to grab me and hope that Sergio Sendal will be at his phone tossing best.
Nice to see some of the QBA gang again.
This is my first Sebastian Rulli tn and methinks me likey.
I agree with Decie Girl that AB trying to play 19 is reminiscent of Beverly Hills 90210.
Speaking of Montserrat's hills... they looked smaller too. I do think she's lost a ton of weight, that she didn't have to lose. Too bad.
EJ -are you watching? If so, looks like you'll have to practice that toe pointing. This seems to be AB's signature move. I saw it today down by the water.
The actor who plays Dimitrio still reminds me of JFK, Jr. with none of the Prince Charming goin' on. Buy him some tweezers!
Rosemary la Otra
I like the whole cast and I'm looking forward to Sergio Sendel's entrance. AB has good chemistry with SR, and with José Luis too.
I guess Conde Lauro is supposed to be a good guy, but I thought he was harsh with Dimitrio. He wants his son to stand up and be a man, but I get the impression they've been coddling him up till now. Neither kid seems to be up on the family income situation.
Why isn't Graciela eager to get Dimitrio married off to some rich girl (if one would have him), like she's trying to sell her daughter?
I thought that it was funny last when Mons was on the phone on the office that the big bookcase behind her looked like the exact same bookcase that was behind Manuel's desk in his townhouse office. I wonder if it is the same and if it was used on purpose for those familiar with that earlier novela.
AB is quite a good dancer. I think that you can find clips of her dancing on Bailando por le boda de su suenos a few years ago.
Was a little disappointed. I expected it to start out with more of a bang. Maybe I was just tired.
I think the actor who plays Carlotta is way too young to be Lauro’s sister.
Graciela thought she was going to be his heiress? And how would she explain that to her husband? Or would she care?
Graciela’s voice grates on my ears. Hope I get used to it.
I’m wondering if anyone attempted to make Dimitrio work before now? You reap what you sow.
Surely, that skeezy guy doesn’t think he can get by with stealing and WEARING the patron’s ring without someone saying something.
Loved the meet cute at the end.
Carlos: are you going to be watching this one? Can’t wait to see who your favorite bad girl is going to be when we get introduced to more characters.
Familiar faces: Maria was Mati in CME. And the priest was FC’s dad in STuD (I think). The steward was the smart cop in AB and the union guy in PEAM. Dimitrio was Ana Brenda’s brother in LQNPA (?). Dominga looks familiar.
I feel like every actor I've seen playing a servant, I've seen playing a totally different kind of role somewhere else. But folks who play public servants (notaries, police officers or chiefs, judges, social workers) I often see playing the same kind of role, like the guy who played the notary/attorney last night.
Karla Alvarez, who died too young, played the younger sister of Jacqueline in that one. And her character died young...a very sad foreshadowing of her actual life.
Thanks for all the time this must have taken. Truly appreciate you and all the recappers.
Now we can add Delia (PEAM)--except for that lapse of not believing Vero would hurt her own child, of course.
I guess that young actresses like models are pressured to be thin. I remember that Adele Noriega was painfully thin in Amor Real, but in FELS she had gained some weight and looked much healthier and stronger.
I did like your fairytale narrative style, but that seems like it would be a lot of extra effort to sustain week after week...
I really want to give this show a chance, but I don't know if I'll be able to warm up to AB. OTOH, I'm always amazed at DC's scene-stealing prowess. Even if I did think she was way over the top last night.
Juventino's attitude confused me too, but maybe someone (that we haven't met yet) gave HIM reason to believe that HE was Benji's son? Otherwise I wouldn't think a henchman - even the #1 henchman - would expect to inherit the whole estate. (Unless Benji told him he would, of course.)
Oh gosh, Judy, I didn't realize that was Karla Alvarez in Heridas de Amor. Thanks for pointing that out.
Some faves here, so I think I'll watch a while at least. I loved Mario in Pasion, so even if he's a bad guy here, I'll watch him.
It has the same feel as Abismo de Pasión. i.e. Daniela Castro over acting same as Sabine Moussier; Montse's dad also old as in this one.
There are also several actors who are typecast as priests. More later; I have to go out to an opera group event.
Reminds me of an incredible night years ago in Rio de Janeiro, warm ocean breezes, scent of oranges and sweet honeysuckle...hmmm...where was I?...well, anyway, looking forward to more of this show!
Rulli looks fantastic, better than ever. So far the sweaty, disgusting Juventino is my favorite character.
"Head in the air,
Tail in the sea;
Fish, fish; listen to me."
From the Dick & Jane series of readers (Scott Foresman, actually). This was a charming set of elementary school readers in which girls looked like girls! I wonder if anyone under 40 knows that term "fish wife"?
This poor fisherman caught a magic fish. The fisherman's wife kept demanding that the fisherman hit up the fish for another boon, until she overreached.
Enoch (my name under which I registered years ago here).