La Mentira

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For the 1965 telenovela, see La mentira (1965 telenovela). For the Telemundo remake, see El Juramento.
La Mentira
Genre Telenovela
Romance
Drama
Created by Caridad Bravo Adams
Directed by Sergio Cataño
Starring Kate del Castillo
Guy Ecker
Karla Álvarez
Rosa María Bianchi
Eric del Castillo
Sergio Basañez
Opening theme Me Voy a Quitar de en Medio by Vicente Fernández
Ending theme Me Voy a Quitar de en Medio by Vicente Fernández
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 100
Production
Executive producer(s) Carlos Sotomayor
Cinematography Rocío Velez
Running time 42-45 minutes
Production company(s) Televisa
Distributor Canal de las Estrellas
Broadcast
Original run July 13, 1998 – November 27, 1998
Chronology
Preceded by Rencor apasionado
Followed by Ángela

La Mentira (International title:Twisted Lies) is a Mexican telenovela of 1998 based on an original story by Caridad Bravo Adams, and produced by Carlos Sotomayor and Televisa.

Kate del Castillo and Guy Ecker starred as protagonists. Karla Álvarez starred as main antagonist. Rosa María Bianchi, Blanca Guerra and Eric del Castillo starred as stellar performance.

Synopsis[edit]

Demetrio Azunsolo arrives in a small remote village outside Mexico where his beloved half-brother, Ricardo Platas, used to live and run a tequila plantation, only to find out that the latter has just committed suicide, after being betrayed by a selfish, greedy woman. Little by little, and thanks to the village inhabitants - who at first are hostile towards him but then become his friends - Demetrio puts together the pieces of the puzzle that led to the tragedy.

The clues bring him to Mexico City, in the villa of a wealthy family, the Fernandez-Negrete's who are the owners of the FERNE Bank, one of the most important banks in Mexico, where Ricardo had spent some time in the past as a trusted worker. According to the info he has in hand, in that house lives the woman who is the cause of Ricardo's suicide. Demetrio meets two young women there, both nieces of the family: the innocent and fragile Virginia Fernandez-Negrete and the dynamic and self-confident Verónica Fernandez-Negrete. Not sure who of them is the guilty one, Demetrio gets trapped in a series of co-incidences and sly gossip and ends up believing in the end that the woman he is looking for is Verónica.

Once ascertained, he puts to practice his plan for revenge. He flirts with Verónica, seduces her and makes her fall in love with him so as to marry him. After the wedding, he practically abducts her and brings her to the small remote village where Ricardo ended his life, decides to make her life a misery and take revenge for his brother's death. Little does he know that he, as well as Verónica, are in fact victims of someone whose angel face hides a demonic soul and who actually was the one responsible for Ricardo's suicide. When he finds out, it seems that all is lost as Verónica abandons him because he doesn't trust her and instead has been taken in by gossip and deception; so he must struggle to regain her love. In the end, love wins, but not without cost.

Cast[edit]

Actor Character Description
Kate del Castillo Verónica Fernandez-Negrete de Azunsolo In love with Demetrio, Demetrio’s wife, Teodoro and Sara’s niece, Miranda’s daughter, Juan and Virginia’s cousin
Guy Ecker Demetrio Azunsolo In love with Veronica, Veronica’s husband, Ricardo’s half-brother, Miranda’s son-in-law, Francisco’s friend
Karla Álvarez Virginia Fernandez-Negrete de Fernandez-Negrete Ex-girlfriend of Ricardo, in love with Juan, Juan and Veronica’s cousin, Juan’s wife, Teodoro and Sara’s niece, hates Veronica, ends up paralyzed after being shot by Santiago
Eric del Castillo Teodoro Fernandez-Negrete Owner of FERNE bank, Sara’s husband, Juan’s father, Veronica’s and Virginia’s uncle, Lety’s brother-in-law, Pepe’s old best friend
Salvador Pineda Dr. Francisco Moguel doctor, Irma’s husaband, Demetrio and Veronica’s friend
Rosa María Bianchi Sara de Fernandez-Negrete Teodoro’ s wife, Juan’s mother, Veronica’s and Virginia’s aunt, Lety’s sister
Sergio Basañez Juan Fernandez-Negrete Teodoro and Sara’s son, Veronica’s and Virginia’s cousin, Lety’s nephew, was in love with Veronica, Virginia’s ex-husband, has been flirting with Nicole
Blanca Guerra Miranda Montesinos Veronica’s mother, Demetrio’s mother-in-law, Juan’s and Virginia’s aunt, Andre future wife
Aarón Hernán Padre Pablo Williams priest, Demetrio and Veronica’s friend
Carlos Cámara Don José 'Pepe' Diez partner of Teodoro, old best friend of Teodoro, Fernandez-Negrete’s family friend
Silvia Mariscal Leticia 'Lety' Sara’s sister, Teodoro’s sister-in-law, Juan’s aunt
Tony Bravo André Belot Veronica’s friend, Nicole’s uncle, Miranda’s future husband
Tina Romero Irma de Moguel Francisco’s wife, Demetrios and Veronica’s friend
Luis Gatica Santiago Terrazas villain, ex-lover and accomplice of Virginia, shoots Virginia, ends up in jail
Roxana Castellanos Yadira Balanzario maid in Demetrio’s hacienda, Jacinto’s wife
Israel Jaitovich Jacinto Ávila foreman in Demetrio’s hacienda, Yadira’s husband
Amparo Garrido Antonia 'Toña' housekeeper the Fernandez-Negrete’s family
Mayrin Villanueva Nicole Belot architect, Andre’s niece, has been flirting with Juan
Rodrigo Abed Ricardo Platas Demetrio’s half-brother, Virginia’s ex-boyfriend, commits suicide

General information[edit]

A remake of 1965's soap opera with the same title (where the starring roles were held by Enrique Lizalde, Julissa and Fanny Cano, La Mentira is based on a romance story written by Mexican author Caridad Bravo Adams in 1952 (alternate title of the book: El amor nunca muere aka Love never dies). The original story took place in the Amazonian jungles and Rio de Janeiro, but in the recent TV adaptation the plot is brought in modern day Mexico and the countryside around it. The story was retold on TV again in 2008 as El juramento, and in 2011 as Cuando me enamoro.

International release[edit]

Country Network(s) Series premiere Series finale Title
 México Canal de las Estrellas July 13, 1998 January 27, 1999 La Mentira
 Croatia HRT 1 December 27, 1999 May 5, 2000 Laž
 México Canal de las Estrellas December 26, 2011 April 13, 2012 La Mentira
 México TLNovelas March 9, 2009 July 24, 2009 La Mentira
 Argentina Azul TV 1999 2000 La Mentira
 Slovenia POP TV 1999 2000 Umazane laži
 Dominican Republic Telemicro Canal 5 N/A N/A La Mentira

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