Music is weaved into the drama of this film which is based on the novel by Angeles Mastretta. The title of the movie is also the title of a famous song by Mexican composer/singer Augustín Lara. This song is sung in the film by a “famous” singer. At this point the protagonist, Catalina (played by Ana Claudia Talancón) sings along and this annoys her “caudillo” husband.
Breathtakingly beautiful, Catalina catches the eye of a General (Daniel Giménez Cacho) early on. She was only 15 when the General took her on a trip to the beach, and is her first lover. At this time in the early 20th century this is a bit strange but Catalina is attracted to the General. She doesn’t know what she will do with her life so she goes along with the General’s subsequent marriage proposal. Little does she know of his past and his ambitions that later make her abhor the sight of him.
Music appears again in the form of “Cielito lindo.” This is a favorite song of Catalina’s father. Carlos, the orchestra conductor, uses it to publicly woo the married Catalina, unbeknownst to her husband Andrés (General) who is now Governor.
Drifting in and out of the period cinematography, is the theme song, Danzon No. 2 by Mexican composer, Arturo Marquéz. For the music alone, this is a lovely historical romance. (Director: Roberto Sneider, Mexico 2008).