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Leidy Tabares

Having finished La Niña, Wakanomori and I found a new, non-narco (this rules out the majority of what's available on Netflix) Colombian telenovela to watch: Lady: La Vendedora de Rosas. It's very loosely based on the life of Leidy (Lady) Tabares, a Colombian streetkid who got lifted up to glory as the star of a film called La Vendedora de Rosas [the rose seller] (1998) aaaannnnd then dumped right back into the situation from which she came. Gotta love exploitative directors.

The real Leidy Tabares spent twenty years in jail for charges of accessory to murder (although this Guardian article casts doubt on whether she was really guilty)--but recently was freed and has married her girlfriend. Here's a picture of her with Natalia Reyes, the actress who plays teenage-her in telenovela:


With this novela, you see bad stuff coming a thousand miles away and just have to watch as it gets closer and closer and closer, all the while wanting to scream to the characters to do X or Y or Z to avoid it, but no, they're not going to. So what you're watching for is how fate will unfold and what grace there'll be within the strictures that confine people.

It's got an absolutely hopping soundtrack. Here's my favorite song: Sueños cumplidos

Here's the CD case I made for the soundtrack, which I bought.

Gotta have this picture, too:

This entry was originally posted at https://asakiyume.dreamwidth.org/869551.html. Comments are welcome at either location.


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Nov. 23rd, 2017 12:22 am (UTC)
Yow! Dramas drive me crazy when I can see the crash coming a mile away.
Nov. 23rd, 2017 12:33 am (UTC)
Yeah, it can be kind of [very!] maddening! And yet I keep watching, and I was trying to think why (beyond wanting to practice Spanish listening comprehension). I think it's that I like the characters a whole lot, or many of them.. And in a more meta sense, I'm interested in the telenovela method of storytelling--even if it drives me nuts on occasion.
Nov. 23rd, 2017 12:59 am (UTC)

I really like language practice with dramas. Makes "homework" fun.
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