Doña Raimunda is a widow that lives with her daughter Acacia. The widow marries Esteban, who is permanently rejected by Acacia. But the hatred between Acacia and Esteban is only a mask that hides the honest deep love they feel for each other. Now, Esteban starts to get rid of all the men that come close to Acacia, who starts to be known as "Malquerida".


THEMES: Love, Marriage, Family, Jealousy, Love triangle, Passion, Heartbreak

GENRE: Drama, Melodrama



As a play, it has been staged several times, it was even adapted into a musical in 1996, directed by Alfredo Mañas. It has been made into a movie three different times: 1914 (Ricardo Baños), 1939 (José López Rubio) and 1950 (Emilio Fernandez). It was also versioned for TV four times (1968, 1977, 2006 and 2014) and very recently it was made into the successful soap opera produced by Televisa (2014).

Benavente won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1922. He treated all the theatrical genres and developed a broad gallery of human characters. Many of his plays have been taken to cinema with success and many versions for TV have been made. Benavente’s dialogues are excellent, full with irony. He has been compared to Oscar Wilde.



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