DVD cover of Amor Real.
|Created by||Caridad Bravo Adams|
|Written by||Caridad Bravo Adams
|Directed by||Mónica Miguel
|Opening theme||"Amor Real"
|Ending theme||"Amor Real"
|Country of origin||Mexico|
|No. of episodes||95|
|Executive producer(s)||Carla Estrada|
Luis Horacio Valdés
|Cinematography||Jesús Acuña Lee
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Original run||June 9, 2003 – October 17, 2003|
|Preceded by||Las Vías del Amor|
|Followed by||Mariana de la Noche|
Amor real (True Love)[nb 1] is a Mexican telenovela, which was produced and broadcast by Televisa in 2003. Amor real is a historical telenovela set in the Mexican post-independence period of the mid-19th century. The telenovela aired on Univision in the United States, REN TV in Russia, and La 1 in Spain, among others. It was successfully distributed to many countries worldwide. Also, in 2005, Amor real was released on DVD and it became the first telenovela to be released with English subtitles. Televisa has released an abridged DVD version of the novela in several countries.
It is the mid-19th century, a time of profound romanticism and Victorian morality, challenging the rules of the aristocracy to which she belongs, the lovely Matilde Peñalver y Beristáin (Adela Noriega), falls in love with Adolfo Solís (Mauricio Islas), an army soldier with no fortune; trusting that her father - a fair and kind man - will let her marry him. But her mother, Augusta, is determined to force Matilde to marry a rich man in order to save the family from bankruptcy. Manuel Fuentes Guerra (Fernando Colunga) is the perfect candidate. He is an honorable and handsome young man who has just inherited a vast fortune. Augusta (Helena Rojo) ignores the fact that Manuel is the illegitimate son of Joaquín Fuentes Guerra (Julio Alemán), a powerful landlord who raped a poor native girl, and who only recognized Manuel as his heir on his deathbed.
Using all kinds of intrigues, the arrogant Augusta and her son Humberto (Ernesto Laguardia), send Adolfo to prison, and make Matilde believe that he is married and has children. Overwhelmed and full of despair, Matilde surrenders to her mother's pressure and agrees to marry Manuel, especially after she learns that he has paid the family's debts. Adolfo escapes from jail and immediately goes to look for his beloved Matilde, who has just married Manuel. Desperate, Adolfo manages to secretly speak with Matilde and to clarify the misunderstandings. Swearing they will love each other forever, they decide to run away, but Manuel discovers them. Deeply hurt, Manuel is not willing to give her up. He forces her to leave with him and on their wedding night where he tells her he desires her and takes advantage of her but she does not fight him. The next day she questions herself whether she liked it or not. She does not love her husband, and has to put up with Antonia (Chantal Andere), the former administrator's daughter, who is in love with Manuel.
Meanwhile, Adolfo, after an intense and frantic search finds Matilde and, intending to bring her back, becomes the new ranch administrator. Manuel, unaware of Adolfo's real identity, sympathizes with him and gives him a special, friendly treatment. In spite of the situation, Adolfo has to admit that Manuel is an honest, noble and fair man. At that point, Manuel and Matilde discover that they have been victims of Augusta's and Humberto's deceit. As time goes by, the subtle attentions, the glances full of passion and Manuel's avid desire end up conquering the heart of Matilde. Suddenly one day, she realizes that the love she felt for Adolfo has disappeared, and that in its place has come a new, more intense feeling, a real love towards her husband. Full of grief, Matilde tells Adolfo the truth. Although she does not want to hurt him, her love no longer belongs to him.
Heartbroken, Adolfo accepts his reality and leaves the ranch the same day Matilde announces to her husband that she is pregnant. But the couple's happiness does not last long. Manuel discovers who his new administrator was, and in an instant everything falls apart. Matilde's pleas and explanations cannot convince Manuel, he feels betrayed once again and cannot forgive her. Driven by his anger Manuel doubts his paternity and throws Matilde out of the ranch. Later, he tries to forget her with Antonia, starting a compromising relationship that will later make his reconciliation with Matilde more difficult.
- Adela Noriega as Matilde Peñalver y Beristáin de Fuentes Guerra
- Fernando Colunga as Manuel Fuentes Guerra
- Mauricio Islas as Adolfo Solís
- Helena Rojo as Augusta Curiel Peñalver
- Ernesto Laguardia as Humberto Peñalver
- Ana Martín as Rosario Aranda
- Chantal Andere as Antonia Morales
- Mariana Levy as Josefina de Icaza
- Ana Bertha Espín as Prudencia Curiel
- Mario Iván Martínez as Renato Piquet
- Mauricio Herrera as Urbano de las Casas
- Oscar Bonfiglio as Sixto Valdez
- Adalberto Parra as Delfino Pérez
- Héctor Saez as Silvano Arzola
- Kika Edgar as Catalina Heredia
- Ingrid Martz as Pilar Piquet
- Beatriz Sheridan as Damiana García
- Carlos Cámara as Ramón Marquez
- Amor Real is an adaptation of the telenovela, Bodas de odio, from 1983, based on the novel of the same name, written by Caridad Bravo Adams. For this version it was adapted by the Italian writer, María Zarattini.
- The telenovela was filmed at the ex-hacienda of Tetlapayac and the surrounding area in the state of Hidalgo for a lapse of eight months. Because the story takes place in mid-19th century Mexico, sets of buildings and plazas had to be built.
- The production, required the participation of over 1,000 actors, extras, technicians and artisans.
- Jorge Avendaño Lührs, Mexican pianist and composer, composed the original score (incidental music).
- The opening theme, "Amor Real", was written and performed by the former Mexico-based duo, Sin Bandera.
Mexico's television ratings
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While on the air in Mexico, the telenovela registered very high ratings, especially in the final weeks of its airing when the telenovela showed an average of 35 points. During the whole five-month run in Mexico, it remained on the #1 spot, with a 60% market share, as reported by Ibope Mexico. Due to the enormous popularity of Amor real, the entire telenovela was reruned for the second time after a public demand, only four months after the original airing finalized.
When the telenovela aired during prime time on Univision, it frequently managed to beat leading U.S. networks in the ratings. The series aired on Univision in the U.S. with no subtitles, however. It ranks #1 among Univision’s top rated novelas of all time. The telenovela also had successful results when it aired in Spain, on the Spanish national television, TVE, where it was shown in the afternoon, in 2005. In 2005, Amor real was released on DVD and it became the first telenovela to be released with English subtitles. The DVD release had very successful sales in the U.S. The international DVD release of the telenovela, also included countries such as Canada, Puerto Rico, France, Italy and Spain.
Awards and honors
- Amor Real, also dubbed as Real Love in English.
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- Amor real at terra.com (in Spanish)
- Amor real at univision.com (in Spanish)
- Amor real at Alma Latina
- Amor real at the Internet Movie Database
- Photo Gallery at rtve.es
- Amor Real, incidental music
- 10 cosas que no sabías de Amor Real at Univision.com (in Spanish)
- Torturas de antaño eran las modas de Amor Real at Univision.com (in Spanish)