Family Secrets (Callando Amores)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Puerto Rico
translated by Prof. Charles Philip Thomas
CAST: 1 man, 2 women. MOTHER, 60 years old. MARIO, 35 years old. GINA, 27 years old.
SETTING: A table, three chairs, a balcony.
Victoria, a 60 year old woman, has just lost her husband who had been a prominent senator, and who, because of an honest act, was persecuted and defamed.
The relationship between Victoria and her husband had been difficult, above all because of his obsession with not selling some worthless land on their property. Drained by the past and feeling her duty to the present, she accepts an offer to sell the land to a pharmaceutical conglomerate which will offer people jobs and develop the land. Because of this, her oldest son has left for the U.S. to formalize the agreement. Her daughter-in-law, Gina, is not on good terms with her and they argue about how things should be done.
Suddenly, after being gone for 15 years, the younger son, Mario, shows up. Mario, without revealing where he's coming from, or what he's done all this time, opposes the sale and is ready to stop it so his father's wish will be respected. The youngest son wants to keep alive his father's ideas, and clashes with the older woman who has a vision of progress for the future.
Both are ready to fight for what they believe in, and they'll do what is necessary to achieve their purpose. Gina, who sees this all as a game of lies, allies herself with Mario's proposal. The mother, after finding out about the shady past which Mario had during his absence, confronts his lack of morals he has in promoting his father's dreams, and she triumphs in her objective.