Thursday, February 9, 2023

Unfinished business or hackneyed struggle?

Havana, January 19.- Rebecca is up against a rock and a hard place. He handed over the management of a company to her, a dream of a young engineering graduate which she put aside to devote herself to her family. Her husband longs for a famous position. Rebecca has to choose between taking on this challenge or risking the stability of her relationship, which she knows could be affected in the long run by her decision. Is she a bad mother for not thinking about her professional development? No, not at all, but, in a masculine setting, it’s always the first question.

“Pending Issues”, the Cuban soap opera on duty under the general direction of Fello Ruiz and co-direction of Tamara Castellanos is already on the screens. A proposition that Cuban audiences were eagerly awaiting.

The plot focuses on the story of three women, from different jobs, who encounter each other in an environment dominated by men, hostile and masochistic. We see a confident Ya Camano in her role as Rebecca Collado; Belisa Cruz endures the inner struggles of Patricia Rodriguez; And despite actress Flora Borrego’s little experience, she manages to defend an Adriana who represents a desire to conquer the world and learn from recent graduates.

The work of these three actors in the lead roles has been complemented by established actors such as Teheran Aguilar, Fernando Hechavarría, Bárbaro Marín, Desi Quintana, Beatriz Viña and Manuel Porto (the last made for television). Most of the actors show restraint when working on their character, there is no obvious overacting, although this aspect should be analyzed later because, beyond the dramatic quality of the cast, the final touch in this segment is given by the direction of the actors.

The telenovela brings to the table themes that will never be repeated, such as discrimination against women, masochism and misogyny. Perhaps it borders on too easy and common places in melodramatic products of this nature such as infidelity, alcoholism, theft, corruption or the social and labor reintegration of people with criminal records. Antagonisms are based on work and personal jealousy and, of course, this will be the engine that will drive them to seek revenge in the future.

The “standing issues” and dramatization from the script doesn’t drink from the new ways of making television where conflicts are intertwined, jumps in time and those twists and turns keep the audience on edge. The premise is more like a typical 2000s soap opera where there is a central story and the rest of the plot is related to each other by a few characters, their families and workplaces.

After all, they are everyday issues for any Cuban, and while a part of the public wants to see fictional stories on screen that take them out of their daily problems for a while, another section supports the script. where they can be seen. Fortunately or unfortunately, the viewer who follows the courtyard novels is a fierce critic and becomes their worst executioner.

You just have to read the criteria published on social networks in the groups where soap operas are discussed: opinions are divided between those who believe it is a high-end product and others who believe it is just something on screen. also does not bring anything new.

In technical matters, there is an overabundance of make-up on some characters, forced dialogue, abrupt transitions between scenes, dialogues that are not fully understood, natural lighting is not used and some scenes are dark. Let’s see or overexposed. It is worth acknowledging that the working environment in the concrete and terrazzo UEB was brought closer to the reality of the construction sector.

“Pandora’s Children” set the bar high for “Unfinished Business.” Although this should not happen, unfortunately it will be a competition of sorts and the public will always be comparing one soap opera to another. There is another point against this.

The plot and character stories are almost untouched. In just four chapters it is not possible to predict whether the story will remain linear with minor dramatic twists or it will reverse the script which will keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Still to be revealed are the conflicts and the characters that will be a part of this journey. We’ll get back to those unfinished business.

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