What’s the story all about?
Set against the vivacious backdrops of Madrid, the series unfolds the story of an aspiring novelist Valeria (Diana Gomez), who is prone to writer’s block. While everyone in her circle believes that she is close on the heels of winding up with her works, she is still struggling to zero in the story. Furthermore, she finds scarce happiness in her marriage to Adrian (Ibrahim Al Shami) despites having wedlock after a deep romantic relationship. Her only source of solace is her friends - Lola (Silma López), Carmen (Paula Malia) and Nuria (Teresa Riott), who indeed aren’t really enjoying picture-perfect lives. With deadlines nearing, the clueless Valeria finds a strong inspiration to author an erotic novel with the arrival of a handsome Victor (Maxi Iglesias).
It’s a character(s)-driven film and we find that every artist has rendered a ne plus ultra performance. But who stands out to be the absolute showstoppers are obviously the lead artistes – Diana Gomez, Ibrahim Al Shami, and Maxi Iglesias. Having found magnificent fame for her praiseworthy performance in Money Heist, it looks very much blatant that she has breathed more life into the role of Valeria. From fantasizing to expressing her perplexities through eyes or the scene where she whispers into the tummy of her pregnant sister introducing herself to unborn baby, she revels doing it abundantly. Ibrahim delivers a groovy act and there’s no place, where you find him getting inferior. Maxi Iglesias owns the emblematic Spanish guy look with the shades of Greek and yes, his cool mannerisms and the way he delivers dialogues are pretty appreciable. The other artistes – Silma Lopez, Carmen, Nuria, and others remain top-drawers with their performances.
Based on the novel written by Elisabet Benavent, who has produced this series with Inma Torrente wielding the megaphone, Valeria vociferously displays itself as a paradigm of yet another tale of feminism. Despite the writers’ attempt to emphasize the issues faced by the male character of Adrian so as to step away from the box of feminism, Valeria ritually sticks to the doctrine with lots of clichés involved. This is because three other characters Lola, Carmen, and Nuria go through roiling phases in their personal spaces. Apparently, our assumption of claiming this to be a distant twin to ‘Sex and the City’ after watching the trailer doesn’t prove wrong as we find some sumptuous traces in many places. Nonetheless, the highlighting trait that makes Valeria work out in places is the confrontations faced by the lead characters as they reach the 30s involving their dreams, compromises, and how it affects their personal spaces which appeal realistically. On the flip side, each episode starting with steamy scenes in no way serve as a perfect prologue, which creates resentment after a certain extent.
Music and other departments
Special kudos to cinematography Johnny Yebra! His dainty visuals commute the viewers into the lands of Madrid. The street corner pubs, bars with ethnic backdrops, and even the office spaces with lots of colourful designs stand out to be an idyllic element. The musical score and art department are yet other additional embellishments.
The witty lines entertain you in parts in addition to the wowing visuals and top-notch technical department.
Except for few aspects like struggling journey of lead characters wedged between dreams and compromises, Valeria lacks emotions and the narrative part is confined to clichés, especially for its stereotyped characters.
Did I enjoy it?
To a certain extent
Do I recommend it and why?
You can go for it if you have a penchant taste for the tales that emphasize on trials and challenges faced by women of contemporary times. Or else there’s nothing intriguing to pick out.