On March 26, Amazon Prime Video premieres the television adaptation of the novel of the same name by María Dueñas, on the heels of her previous hit, “The Time in Between”
“La Templanza” is one of those magnificent Jerez family-run wineries that, at least in the novel of the same name by María Dueñas that Amazon Prime Video has brought to television, marks the destiny of several generations, in this case the Montalvo family, but also a virtue our other protagonist in this romantic drama, Mauro Larrea (Rafael Novoa), fails to cultivate that much, a man who, after making his fortune in Mexico, returns to his native Spain at the end of the 19th century. Chance brings him to Jerez, where he meets Soledad Montalvo (Leonor Watling), and together they embark on a romantic tale fraught with obstacles along the way and we can share in his adventures over ten episodes, premiering on March 26th in more than 200 countries and territories.
Before we’re privy to the encounter between our leading lights, “La Templanza“, dedicates several episodes to narrate what their previous lives were like. An extremely young Soledad is forced to marry a wealthy English merchant to bolster business ties. They both form a family in London, where she lives quietly and resigned to her fate, that is until she is forced to return to Jerez. At the same time, Mauro Larrea, who lost his wife while she was giving birth to their second child, decides to pack his bags and try his luck in Mexico. There, he becomes a wealthy mining baron, before falling into debt after experiencing a spate of setbacks and realizes his only hope is to emigrate. As we follow the steps of both characters, “La Templanza” takes you on a journey from a Mexican mining community in the nineteenth century to the halls of enterprise and trade of London, stopping along the way in the still Spanish colony of a vibrant Cuba.
No expense has been spared by either the streaming platform, or the producers, Atresmedia Studios (Buendia Estudios) and Boomerang TV, to portray the ambitious journey of “La Templanza“: the cast features more than 130 international actors, including, in addition to Leonor Watling and Rafael Novoa, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, Juana Acosta, Esmeralda Pimentel, Nathaniel Parker, Alejandro de la Madrid and Raúl Briones, among others-, more than 2,300 extras and shot at over 200 different locations. The filming crew, helmed by directors Guillem Morales (“Julia’s Eyes”), Alberto Ruiz Rojo (“Presunto culpable”) and Patricia Font (“Café para llevar”), spent over five months on location in Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Tenerife, Madrid, Toledo and Dublin.
From a good family
This exquisite production seeks to repeat the success of “Time in Between” the TV adaptation of Maria Dueñas’ debut novel, which became an overwhelming success on Spain’s Antena 3 network, subsequently distributed to more than 70 countries, from Japan to Nigeria. Although television has undergone a paradigmatic change in the past decade, with “La Templanza“, both the writer and the screenwriters (Susana López Rubio, who already worked on “The Time in Between”, and Javier Holgado, among others) demonstrate here their unremitting talents in preserving their charisma for relating romantic fantasy, adventure and the search for one’s identity to the backdrop of spanning some of the most exhilarating period of history. The breathtaking scenery is another prominent feature of this meticulously wrapped package, where even the characters’ accents are flawless. It only remains for streaming platform audiences to corroborate that these painstakingly worked melodramas, although they may not be revolutionary, never go out of style.