Dec 18, 2007
MI PRIMA CIELA: WHEN EVERYTHING WORKS WELL
Last night in Venezuela RCTV (now international) broadcast the final episode of Mi Prima Ciela, written by Pilar Romero as a remake of two of her previous telenovelas, Elizabeth and Maite.
In Mi Prima Ciela the elements of a good telenovela worked successfully together:
-A good script. The author adapted and mixed well her two previous scripts. The only weakness I felt was in the way she administered the dramatic knots of her story.
-Protagonists with terrific chemistry and "angel:" Mónica Spears and Manuel Sosa.
-Talented actors in almost all key roles.
-A nice mise-en-scene.
- A story that has worked well ever since Erich Segal wrote in 1970 his Love Story, which made a whole generation cry as they read and watched the film version with Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal:
Later, other books and other movies have told similar stories. For example: A Walk to Remember (Mandy Moore and Shane West), Sweet November (Charlize Theron and Keanu Reaves), Autumn in New York (Winona Ryder and Richard Gere), Here on Earth (Leelee Sobieski and Chris Klein), among others. In all of them, as in Mi Prima Ciela, the protagonist dies, but love conquers all and leaves lessons for the living.
There are stories that are perfect for telenovelas because they are so emotional. Death as the antagonist is one of them.