La fuerza del destino (telenovela)

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La Fuerza del Destino
The Power of Destiny.jpg
Genre Telenovela
Romance
Drama
Format Serial drama
Created by Maria Zarratini
Directed by Benjamin Cann
Starring David Zepeda
Sandra Echeverría
Gabriel Soto
Laisha Wilkins
Juan Ferrara
Alejandro Tommassi
Opening theme "La Fuerza del Destino" by Marc Anthony and Sandra Echeverría
Ending theme "La Fuerza del Destino"
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 101 [1]
Production
Location(s) Mexico
Running time 40-47 minutes
Production company(s) Televisa
Distributor Televisa
Broadcast
Original channel Canal de las Estrellas
Picture format 1080i HDTV
480i SDTV
Original run March 14, 2011 – July 31, 2011
Chronology
Preceded by Cuando me enamoro
Followed by La que no podía amar
External links
Production website

La Fuerza del Destino (The Power of Destiny) is a Mexican telenovela produced by Rosy Ocampo for Televisa. Sandra Echeverria and David Zepeda star as the main protagonists, while Laisha Wilkins, Gabriel Soto, Rosa Maria Bianchi, Jose Montini and Juan Ferrara star as the main antagonists. La Fuerza del Destino won 5 awards in Premios TVyNovelas: Best first actress, best original story or adaptation, best male antagonist, best lead actress, and best telenovela of the year.[2][3] The theme song is sung by Marc Anthony and Sandra Echeverria. Portions of their performance in the recording studio are periodically shown in the closing credits.

Canal de las Estrellas aired La Fuerza del Destino from March 14 to July 31, 2011[4] Univision had announced that La Fuerza del Destino would air on the network as part of the 2011-2012 programming schedule,[5][6] and was broadcast from August 2[7] to December 26, 2011,[8] with La que no podía amar replacing it in both countries.

Univision's December 26 finale broadcast of La Fuerza del Destino averaged 6.2 million viewers, becoming the most watched program, regardless of language. Univision Broadcast 2 hour reruns of La Fuerza del Destino from July 14, 2014 to September 19, 2014 at 12pm/11c. With Cosita Linda replacing it on September 22, 2014.[9][10]

Plot[edit]

This story begins when Ivan (David Zepeda), 14, returns with his mother, Alicia (Leticia Calderón), to the land of his birth: Alamos, Sonora. His father, Juan Jaime Mondragón (Juan Ferrara), a wealthy and powerful businessman and landowner, does not recognize him as his son and rejects him. Alicia keeps her son's origin a secret and is forced to accept the job as a servant for the Lomelí Curiel family, where Doña Carlota (Delia Casanova), her daughter Lucrecia (Rosa María Bianchi), her son-in-law Gerardo (Alejandro Tommasi), and their two daughters, the teen Maripaz Lomelí Curiel (Laisha Wilkins) and Lucia Lomelí Curiel (Sandra Echeverria) live. At the home of the Curiels, Ivan helps in any way he can, and continues to study with the generous help of Doña Carlota, until he is 19. Meanwhile, Maripaz, now 18, returns home after having studied abroad. Ivan is immediately attracted to her, and she, frivolous and shallow, seduces him. She ends up pregnant and her family is faced with keeping the pregnancy a secret to keep their family's good name. Maripaz's mother, Lucrecia, is a woman obsessed by appearances and pays some thugs to beat him up. Meanwhile, before the beating, Ivan visits his godmother and there finds his mother dying after trying to termite her own pregnancy, a pregnancy that Ivan knew nothing about.

He believes Juan Jaime is the father of the baby because he himself is Juan Jaime's illegitimate son with Alicia. When Ivan walks outside to get some air, he is attacked by Lucrecia's thugs. During the brawl, Ivan's friends, Camilo and his brother Antolin, arrive and rush to help him. Antolin takes out a knife and stabs one of the men who had attacked Ivan, killing him. However, Ivan is mistakenly accused of the murder and must leave the country out of fear of being unjustly condemned for murder and sent to prison. So begins his journey to the United States, crossing the border illegally, still recovering from the beating and fighting the natural elements of the desert between Mexico and the United States.

Sore and confused, Ivan thinks that the person responsible for the death of his mother is Juan Jaime. The day's events have left Ivan full of anger and feeling helpless. With the authorities potentially against him, and having nothing to lose, Ivan decides to cross illegally into the United States. He goes to Los Angeles, California and ends up staying there for eleven years, eventually becoming a successful engineer. There he meets Anthony McGuire (Pedro Armendáriz Jr.), an older businessman who has lost his wife and only son. Anthony initially pays for Ivan's education and then arranges to adopt him. Anthony encourages Ivan to return to Mexico with him, not only for business but also to face his past.

Ivan gets several pieces of surprising news when he returns to Sonora, among them is that the child he conceived with Maripaz mysteriously disappeared the same day he was born, and no one has known about him since then. One of the most intense of the surprises is the touching confession of Lucia, the younger sister of Maripaz, now a virtuous young child psychologist. She confesses to Ivan that she has secretly loved him since she was a child. Lucia promises to help him find his son, regain his dignity, and overcome all the obstacles with courage.

Ivan discovers that Alex, the adopted son of Lucia's father: Gerardo, is his son. Maripaz also discovered the fact from Saul and told Ivan that if he didn't marry her, she would take Alex away from him. Thinking about his son, Ivan agreed to marry Maripaz and end his relationship with Lucia, whom he is in love with. Ivan marries Maripaz and lives in the United States with Alex, his father, and her. After Lucia had made love with Ivan before his marriage with Maripaz and his departure, she goes to a club with her friend, Berenice, one night to try to forget all her problems. Her drink contained a drug, which not only made her drowsy, but a mysterious guy rapes her. Weeks later, Lucia discovers that she's pregnant, and believes that Ivan is the real father.

Carlota suggests that Lucia should marry Camilo, due to Ivan marrying Maripaz and not wanting her granddaughter to be a single mother. Lucia has a baby girl named Perlita, and marries Camilo, who deeply loves Lucia and her baby.Lucia is unable to forget about her relationship with Ivan, which makes Camilo feel angry and jealous. Maripaz has an affair with Juliette's husband, Robert, whom she successfully seduces. Ivan finds out (through Benito), and with Juliette's help, he successfully divorces her and gains parental rights for Alex. Anthony later tells Ivan that Lucia married Camilo and has a baby. Feeling angry and betrayed, he returns to Álamos to seek for reasons as to why it happened.

Ivan's return to Álamos sparks intense jealousy in Camilo, who almost gets violent with Lucia every time they argue. Despite the good-natured and coincidental meetings between Ivan and Lucia, Camilo continuously uses this while in argument with Lucia, causing Lucia to start thinking twice about staying married to Camilo. Meanwhile, Maripaz returns to Álamos and now turns her attention to seducing Camilo - which she continuously succeeds in. An incident in which she is caught in Camilo's bedroom while half-naked caused Carlotta to throw her out of the house.

Saul on the other hand after an accident in which he was left disfigured, plans on kidnapping Lucrecia for ransom so he can get money to fund his expensive operations. He and El Gordo use Antolín's sister, Carmen (whose daughter is Saul's), to get information on the movement patterns of Lucrecia so they can plan the kidnapping. On the day of Lucrecia's kidnapping however, all hell breaks lose when Gerardo comes to the rescue of Lucrecia leading to El Gordo shooting him. Gerardo dies in hospital later on. The attempted kidnapping of Lucrecia and the death of Gerardo is however blamed on Antolín since his gun was found at the crime scene. (El Gordo and Saul stole Antolín's gun from his house to frame him for this kidnapping.

This was Saul's way of making Antolín pay for indirectly causing his accident.) Despite differences between Ivan and Camilo, they work together to help the release of Antolín from Prison and they succeed in this aspect, with Saul having blamed the kidnapping on El Gordo (who had already skipped town) to avoid going to prison. With the help of Antolín, Ivan, Lucia and Mr. Anthony, Carolina regains her eyesight and she is reunited with Antolín after he leaves prison.

Ivan and Lucia's relationship gets mended gradually though it is hampered by the jealousy of Camilo who will not grant the divorce to Lucia even though at the time, he has started an affair with Maripaz. However, 2 incidences in which Camilo is caught together with Maripaz and her realization that she would never be happy with Camilo because of his jealousy and also because she realizes she can never kill the love she has for Ivan, Lucia continues with divorce proceedings;

During the court process, 2 cases are subsequently filed before the judge; Lucia seeks divorce from Camilo; And secondly, Camilo files for sole custody of Perla (which is actually targeted to get Lucia to go back to him). Even though the divorce is granted to Lucia, Perla's custody meets challeneges after DNA results prove Perla is not the daughter of Ivan. Even though the test is redone, the result is the same; Lucia begins to recall actions on the night of Perla's conception revealing that she was actually raped. Even though initially, Lucia refuses to meet with Ivan because she thinks Ivan blames her for the rape, eventually they renew their friendship after a series of happenings in their lives. Lucia finally after undergoing hypnosis therapy, gets to recall the face of her attacker as Saul Mondragon.

With much appeal from Lucrecia and Anthony, Lucia and Ivan decide against filing a case against Saul (who is now on the run) so as not to taint the future of Perla with regard to the little girls conception. Lucrecia is also found to have a kidney failure and she will need continuous treatment and eventually a transplant to save her life. Camilo also breaks off his relaionship with Maripaz in light of Maripaz becoming needy and meddling. Later, it is found out that Maripaz is the only one compatible to her mother and during the operation she dies saving her mother's life and Alex recognized his mother as a hero.

After an audit is done on the Agricultural Association's accounts, Juan Jaime is now forced by the association to pay back money he stole (at least 40m pesos) in exchange of non-involvement of the authorities; However, Esther is also filing for a divorce with a request of half the share of the Mondragon wealth. These activities causes Juan Jaime to get deeper into his tequila bottle. Saul who is on the run is also arranging with El Gordo on a kidnapping attempt against Ivan's son (Alex) where they expect the ask for a huge ransom in the tune of millions of dollars.When arranging to receive ransom from Ivan in a desolate area, El Gordo shoots Ivan, El Gordo gets shot by Camilo. El Gordo and Saul's other accomplice shoots Camilo in the process and leaves all three of them there and runs with the bag of money. After a long battle with infection, both Camilo and Ivan get better when being taken care of by a native woman in the region. They are finally reunited with their families.

In the finale, Saul dies after hanging himself in his prison cell. Ivan and Lucia finally get married. Camilo meets a woman at Ivan's wedding and they hit it off. Carolina gives birth to Antolins beautiful baby girl . Together, Ivan and Lucia, discover the value of loyalty, honesty, and truth. They both find love, thanks to The Power of Destiny.

Cast[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2011 Premios People en Español Best Telenovela Rosy Ocampo Nominated
Best Lead Actress Sandra Echeverria Nominated
Best Lead Actor David Zepeda Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Delia Casanova Won
Best Couple David Zepeda y Sandra Echeverría Nominated
2012 Premios ACE Best Soap Opera Rosy Ocampo Won
Best Supporting Actress Delia Casanova Won
TVyNovelas Awards Best Telenovela Rosy Ocampo Won
Best Lead Actress Sandra Echeverria Won
Best Lead Actor David Zepeda Nominated
Best Female Antagonist Laisha Wilkins Nominated
Best Male Antagonist Juan Ferrara Won
Best First Actress Delia Casanova Won
Best Musical Theme "La Fuerza del Destino"
by Sandra Echeverria & Marc Anthony
Nominated
Best Original Story or Adaptation Maria Zarattini and Claudia Velazco Won
Premios Juventud What a Hottie! David Zepeda Won
Girl of my Dreams Sandra Echeverría Nominated
Best Theme Novelero "La Fuerza del Destino"
by Marc Anthony & Sandra Echeverría
Nominated

International broadcasts[edit]

Country TV Network(s) Ref
 Mexico Canal de las Estrellas
 Colombia RCN TV [11]
 Venezuela Venevisión [12]
 USA Univisión [13]
 Spain La 1 [14]
 Chile Megavisión [15]

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