Spanish: La música y el drama protagonizan la historia alegre y esperanzadora de La Mala. Una joven cantante cubana está dispuesta a todo por triunfar en el mundo de la música y abandonar el pueblo donde vive, en el que según ella está destinada a casarse, engordar y tener hijos. Guiada por su recio temperamento e inspirada en la Lupe, la gloria de la música cubana, ella se rebela incluso contra su padre en la búsqueda incansable de su destino. English: Music and drama are the main characters in this energizing and intense film. A young Cuban singer is willing to take any measure in order to be successful in the music industry and leave her hometown, where she feels her life has been set out to get married, gain weight and have children. Guided by her strong temperament and inspired by La Lupe, the glorious Cuban singer, she rebels against her own family to find her true destiny.
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The story takes place in Puerto Rico, and it begins with the birth of Yoli, with her father Lázaro (Jorge Perugorría) and aunt Candela (Maria Isabel Diaz) assisting Teresa (Sully Diaz), Yoli's mother, during labor. Since the very beginning, we notice that this is not your average family, because we immediately realize that Candela, Teresa's sister, has a lot of influence in the house, where she also lives. With time, we also realize that this is a very dysfunctional family, with the father being a womanizer, the mother a victim, and Candela really imposing her ways on Yoli. Candela admires La Lupe, and it comes to her attention that Yoli has the potential of becoming a great singer, and she does everything that she can to make sure that she accomplishes just that. Yoli, indeed, succeeds as a singer and the film documents step by step her rise to the top. But, on the way, as expected, she has a price to pay for stardom, while her family slowly disintegrates.
"La Mala," which was directed by Pedro Pérez Rosado and Lilian Rosado, is very entertaining, and has a lot of music, including some of La Lupe's best songs, such as "La Tirana," "Fever" (her fiery version), "Con el Diablo en el Cuerpo," "Qué te pedi," and more. Lena Buke plays the part to perfection, including her dramatic singing - she is the daughter of Cuban singer Malena Burke, and granddaughter of the legendary Elena Burke. The rest of the cast is also formidable, and the locations in Puerto Rico are precious. La Lupe lives, indeed. (Puerto Rico / Spain, 2008, color, 93 min). Venevision International
Reviewed on July 28th, 2010 by Eric Gonzalez exclusively for [...]