Sortilegio

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Sortilegio
Title Card
DVD cover
Format Telenovela
Created by Maria Zarattini
Written by Claudia Velazco
Directed by Karina Duprez
Mónica Miguel
Starring Jacqueline Bracamontes
William Levy
Gabriel Soto
Chantal Andere
Ana Brenda Contreras
Daniela Romo
and David Zepeda
Theme music composer Denisse De Kalaffe
Opening theme "Sortilegio de Amor" by Il Divo
Ending theme "Sortilegio de Amor" by Il Divo
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 95 [1]
Production
Executive producer(s) Carla Estrada
Producer(s) Guillermo Gutiérrez
Editor(s) Víctor Hugo Flores
Israel Flores
Cinematography Lino Gama
José Manuel Becerra
Running time 21 minutes (eps 1-10), 42-45 minutes (eps 11-95)
Production company(s) Televisa
Distributor Televisa
Broadcast
Original channel Canal de las Estrellas
Original run June 1, 2009 (2009-06-01) – October 9, 2009 (2009-10-09)
Chronology
Preceded by Mañana Es Para Siempre
Followed by Corazón salvaje
External links
Website

Sortilegio (Literally "Sortilege", "Love Spell" in English-speaking markets) is a Mexican telenovela produced by Carla Estrada for Televisa and stars Jacqueline Bracamontes and William Levy. It is a remake of Tú o nadie.

From October 6, 2009 to February 17, 2010, Univision broadcast Sortilegio weeknights at 9pm/8c.[2][3] From July 30 to September 7, 2012, Univision broadcast 2 hour reruns of Sortilegio weekdays at 1pm/12c, replacing Corazón Apasionado.[4] From September 10 to October 19, 2012, reruns of Sortilegio were broadcast at 2pm/1c.[5][6]

Plot[edit]

Victoria had an affair with her husband's, Samuel's, friend, Antonio Lombardo, resulting in the birth of twins, Bruno and Raquel. Antonio also had a son, Alejandro, with his wife Adriana. After their respective spouses died, they reunited and got married. However, they didn't tell their children that they are half-siblings, as that would reveal their infidelities. Instead they raised their children to recognize each other as step-siblings.

Years pass, and Bruno comes to be an irresponsible man who does not respect laws. Alejandro, on the other hand, is very responsible. Antonio prefers Alejandro over Bruno and decides that Alejandro should inherit his money when Antonio passes away. Antonio and Victoria have a meeting at Bruno's high school about Bruno's behavior and are told that he is expelled. While they are leaving the high school, they get in to a big argument and distracted Antonio gets his crutches stuck in a man hole. Victoria is mad at him because of the argument and keeps walking and does not stop to help her husband. As Antonio tries to get free, a man on a motorcycle crashes into him and Antonio dies. Victoria becomes a widowed again. Sometime later, Fernando, Alejandro's friend, has fallen in love with Victoria, but their love cannot happen because of their age difference.

Ten years later, Alejandro has come back to stay with the inheritance Antonio left him, causing his brother Bruno to become insanely jealous. So, Bruno plans to get rid of Alejandro by hiring Erik to help him achieve his plan. Meanwhile, a girl named Maria José and her sister Paula, live in a Saque - humble home - in Campeche, Yucatán. On her vacation she meets a young man in a bar, and he present himself as Alejandro Lombardo. She falls in love with Alejandro, he proposes to her and they marry. The next day, Alejandro claims to have business out of town and leaves. Meanwhile, Bruno hires a truck driver to crash into Alejandro's car, causing the car crash off the road and everyone believes Alejandro to be dead. Alejandro's family discovers a marriage in his name and calls Maria José to break the news. Devastated, she immediately flies over to be with the Lombardo's and her sister, Paula, soon following to be with her.

Meeting his family for the first time, she finds out that Alejandro was actually wealthy. Soon after meeting the family, she discovers that Bruno was the man she married, and he reveals his plans to her, promising to take care of her and share his coming fortune. Heartbroken and horrified she leaves to go home, but Bruno chases her to Saque and threatens her to frame her father for drug dealing. Maria is forced to go back with him. But Alejandro, having miraculously survived the accident, soon returns home and finds out that he is married to a woman that he has hasn't ever even met and doesn't know anything about. Though the doctors and his family tell Alejandro he has amnesia, he knows something is wrong and eventually forces the truth out of Maria José. Wanting to find a way to help her (and seeing that Bruno has feelings for her) Alejandro keeps her by his side and pretends marriage to everyone around them. While keeping up the act, they develop feelings for each other. Meanwhile, Bruno's sister Raquel and her friend Maura, who is in love with Alejandro, rejects Maria José and Paula and makes Maria José hesitate about living with the Lombardo's.

Maria José, because of Bruno's threats, decide to run with him and with her family to Mexico City. Don Pedro finds himself a burden in his daughter's life, and leaves them, but calls Alejandro to rescue them from Bruno. Bruno then uses Maura's plan for himself, and uses Mario Aguirre, making him seem innocent and leaving Maria Jose with an accomplice/lover. Alejandro, tired of the lies Maria José has told him and wanting to have peace again, throws Maria José and her family out of his house and files for divorce. Soon after, he finds out that Maria José is pregnant, but decides that they both need time apart from each other. After a short stay in Saque, Maria José gets stabbed in the back by an intruder, and ends up in hospital. Alejandro, who is still in love with Maria José flies to Saque, and finds out that she needs a blood transfusion. They find out that only one that can help is Bruno, but he agrees to help with some conditions. After two weeks, she is released from the hospital, returning to live with the Lombardos in Mérida, after Alejandro convinces her to stay with him and apologizes for everything.

After sometime Alejandro and Maria José get divorced due to the deal that they made with Bruno in order to save Maria José from death. When Alejandro and Fernando find the judge who married Maria José and Bruno, Bruno determines to kill the judge. By the time Alejandro and Fernando get there, Bruno already found the judge and pushed him off a waterfall to his death. Knowing that Bruno has an advantage, they hire a boat to get to the Island, but the boat catches fire and explodes. Fernando, Alejandro and a little boy are stranded on a deserted island. After four months of Alejandro missing, Bruno wants to split his fortune with Raquel, but he finds out that Alejandro has left everything he had to his ex-wife. So Bruno decides that he wants to take the President's place in the company. Devastated Maria José decides she wants to sell some of the stocks to Maura and her sister Lisette, to have majority over Bruno in the company. Just as she is about to sign, Victoria calls her, and tells her to come home. When Maria José gets home, she finds Alejandro alive in their bedroom.

Two months after the return of Alejandro, Bruno comes up with a new plan. He has a new accomplice, Maria José's mother, Elena. He plans to kidnap Maria José and makes her lose her memory. After that they will marry and give Maura the opportunity to marry Alejandro. Bruno and Maura trick Maria José into looking at a house for her and Alejandro, when in reality it's a trap. Then they, along with Maria José's mother, Elena, make her believe she is her twin sister, Sandra, who she knew nothing about before and who is in a coma and later dies from a drug overdose.

Eventually Alejandro finds her and takes Maria José back home. He starts trying to get her to fall in love with him again by dating her. It gives Alejandro a new chance to start things fresh and do the things they never got to do because of Bruno's schemes. But she doesn't remember anybody and thinks everyone is lying to her, but little by little her memory starts to come back. Bruno is eventually discovered after a gunshot aimed at Alejandro and is forced to hide from the FBI. Against the backdrop of constant manipulations by Bruno and by Maura, the couple attempt to build a happy life with their son. Meanwhile Bruno now has to hide from the police to avoid arrest. He asks his mother to give him money and to help him escape. Victoria begs Bruno to turn himself in, but he refuses. Alejandro confronts Bruno and they start to fight. After Bruno threatens Alejandro with a gun, Erik shoots Bruno, who dies instantly. Maura and Elena are arrested and put into Federal Prison. Finally, Alejandro and Maria José get to live as a family.

Cast[edit]

Actor Character Description
Jacqueline Bracamontes Maria José Samaniego Miranda Lombardo \\ Sandra Samaniego Miranda Elena and Pedro's daughters, twin sisters, Paula is their sister. Maria José is Tony's mother and Alex's wife. Was Ulises' ex-lover; Sandra dies from a drug overdose
William Levy Alejandro "Alex" Lombardo Villavicencio Antonio and Adriana's son, Victoria's step-son, Bruno and Raquel's half-brother, Tony's father, Fernando's best friend, Maura's ex-lover, Maria José's husband.
David Zepeda Bruno Albéniz Valverde / Bruno Lombardo Valverde Victoria and Antonio's son, Samuel's step-son, Raquel's twin brother, Alex's half-brother, Katia's ex-lover, Maura's accomplice, obsessed with Maria Jose; killed by Erick
Daniela Romo Victoria Valverde widow Lombardo Bruno mother, Alex's step-mother, Raquel's Mother Adoptive Tony and Vicky's grand-mother, Samuel and Antonio's widow, in love with Fernando
Ana Brenda Contreras Maura Albarrán Lisette's sister, Bruno's accomplice, in love with Alex; ends up in jail
Wendy González Paula Samaniego Miranda Elena and Pedro's daughter, Maria José and Sandra's sister, was in love with Roberto, Gabriel's fiancee
Gabriel Soto Fernando Alanís Katia's brother, Emiliano's nephew, Alex's best friend, Irene's ex-boyfriend, in love with Victoria
Chantal Andere Raquel Albéniz Valverde /Raquel Lombardo Valverde /Raquel Lombardo Dorantes Antonio and Victoria's daughter adoptive, Samuel's step-daughter, Bruno's twin sister, Alex's half-sister, Vicky's mother, Ulises' ex-lover, Roberto's wife
Marcelo Córdoba Roberto Castelar Vicky's step-father, Ulises' ex-lover, Raquel's husband
Fernando Allende Antonio Lombardo Alex, Bruno and Raquel's father, Adriana's widower, Victoria's husband; dies after being hit by a car
Felicia Mercado Adriana Villavicencio Alex's mother, Antonio's wife; dies after gave birth to Alex
Sergio Ramirez Samuel Albéniz Raquel and Bruno's step-father, Victoria's husband; dies
Julián Gil Ulises Villasenor Vicky's biological father, Roberto, Sandra and Raquel's ex-lover; killed by Bruno
Azela Robinson Elena Miranda Maria José, Sandra and Paula's mother, Pedro's wife, Cristobal and Jorge's widow; ends up in a jail
Aarón Hernán Porfirio Betancourt Cristobal's father, Elena's former father-in-law, Emiliano's best friend; dies from a heart-attack
Patricio Castillo Emiliano Alanís Fernando and Katia's uncle, Porfirio's best friend
Otto Sirgo Jorge Kruger Doctor, Elena's third husband; killed by Porfirio
Luis Couturier Hernán Plascencia Doctor, friend of the Lombardo family, in love with Victoria
Héctor Sáez Pedro Samaniego Maria José, Sandra and Paula's father, Elena's husband, Chucho's friend
Daniela Luján Lisette Albarrán Maura's sister
Guillermo Zarur Ezequiel Flores Lombardo family's servant, Arturo's cousin
Adalberto Parra Erick Díaz Gregorio's cousin, Bruno's accomplice
Manuela Ímaz Katia Alanís Fernando's sister, Emiliano's niece, Bruno's ex-lover
Rosita Pelayo Mercedes "Meche" Brito Gabriel's sister, Julia's friend
Arturo Lorca Arturo Flores Lombardo family's driver, Ezequiel's cousin
Willebaldo López Santos Pedro's former friend
Carlos Girón Gabriel Brito Meche's brother, Paula's fiancee
Iliana de la Garza Julia de Díaz Gregorio's wife, Meche's friend
Rolando Fernández Gregorio Díaz Erick's cousin, Julia's husband
Patricia Ancira Bertha
Christina Pastor Mary Alex's secretary
Dolores Oliva Piedad Maid in Emiliano's house
José Carlos Ruiz Jesús "Chucho" Gavira Alex and Pedro's friend
María Victoria Felipa García Lombardo family's servant, Victoria's best friend

Anahí was originally set to star as Maria Jose, but at the last minute producers decided against Anahí and gave the part to Jacqueline Bracamontes.[7][8][9]

Other versions[edit]

  • In 1995 the producer Carlos Sotomayor made a second version, produced by Televisa and Fox TV entitled Acapulco Bay, directed by Tom Sizemore and starring Raquel Gardner and Jason Adams.

International ranks[edit]

Country Alternate title/Translation TV network(s) Series premiere Weekly schedule
 Argentina Sortilegio Canal 9 August, 2009 - February,2010 Monday to Friday at 1:00 PM
 Albania Magji Dashurie Vizion + February, 2010 Monday to Friday at 8:00 PM
 Bosnia Magična privlačnost (Magical Attraction) Pink BH December 24, 2009 Monday to Friday at 7:00 PM and 11:00 AM
 Bulgaria Капризи на съдбата (Whims of fate) BTV September 30, 2010 - February 4, 2011 Monday to Friday at 1:30 PM
 Bulgaria Капризи на съдбата (Whims of fate) bTV Lady May 27, 2013 - September 27, 2013 Monday to Friday at 09:00 PM and 09:00 AM
 Croatia Magična privlačnost (Magical Attraction) Nova TV February 1, 2010 Monday to Friday at 4:00 PM and 11:00 AM
 Croatia Magična privlačnost (Magical Attraction) Doma TV July 19, 2011 - September 1 Monday to Sunday at 5:00 PM and 10:00 AM
 Cyprus Sortilegio de amor (Sortilegio de amor) Ant1 TV April 26, 2010 Monday to Friday at 6:30 PM
 Georgia მოჯადოებული (Sortilegio) Imedi TV October 29, 2010 - January 15, 2011 Monday to Saturday at 5:40 PM
 Hungary Kettős Játszma (Sortilegio) Cool TV January 31, 2011 - June 9, 2011 Monday to Friday at 6:35 PM
 Kenya Love Spell Citizen TV Monday to Friday at 8:00 PM
 Lithuania Likimo kerai (Destiny's Spell) LNK December 10, 2009 Monday to Friday at 4:35 PM
 Macedonia Magična privlečnost (Magical Attraction) Sitel (TV channel) 2011-2012 Monday to Friday at 12:20 and later at 4:30 PM
 Montenegro Magična privlačnost (Magical Attraction) Pink M January 4, 2010 Monday to Friday at 5:00 PM
 Nigeria Sortilegio (Love Spell) Galaxy TV Monday to Friday at 11:00am-12:00noon and later at 6:00pm
 Philippines Love Spell Telenovela Channel May 7, 2012 - September 14, 2012 (original broadcast)
October 22, 2012 – December 28, 2012; February 25, 2013 - June 28, 2013 (rebroadcast)
Mon-Fri 3:00am–4:00am, 9:00am–10:00am, 3:00pm–4:00pm and 9:00pm–10:00pm (original run)
Weekend Marathon
Mon-Fri 2:00am–4:00am, 8:00am–10:00am, 2:00pm–4:00pm, 8:00pm–10:00pm (rerun)
Mon-Fri 1:00am–2:00am, 7:00am–8:00am, 1:00pm–2:00pm, 7:00pm–8:00pm
 Poland Zaklęta miłość (Enchanted Love) TV4 November 24, 2009 Monday to Friday at 6:00 PM
 Romania Predestinati (Destined) Acasa April 26, 2010 Monday to Thursday at 3:30 PM
 Serbia Magična privlačnost (Magical Attraction) RTV Pink November 25, 2009 Monday to Friday at 5:45 PM
 Slovakia Čaro lásky (Love Spell) TV Doma April 12, 2010 Monday to Friday at 8:00 PM
 Slovenia Čarovnija ljubezni (Sortilegio de amor) POP TV May 11, 2010 Monday to Friday at 5:00 PM and 9:00 AM
 Spain Sortilegio Antena 3 Canarias March 15, 2010- Monday to Friday at 9:00 PM
 UAE سحر الحب (Love Spell) Abu Dhabi Al Oula September 4, 2011 Daily at 7:00 PM

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