FROM RICHES TO RAGS
Mariela Siachoque is a beautiful, young 30 year old single mother that lives with her child and the rest of her family (father and two twin brothers) in a typical middle class neighborhood of Bogota.
Gonzalo is the perfect representation of the high class. He is 33 years old, millionaire, and has no problem in sight. He’s constantly partying, playing, and hanging out with women, and cares little to what happens to the company of which he’s president because of inheritance.
Mariela and Gonzalo don’t know each other and apparently have nothing in common. Their worlds are different, their social classes don’t mix and their personalities have very little to do with the other. However, destiny will be in charge of crossing them unexpectedly.
A victim of his cousin Alejandro’s trap, who would like to have the position as President that he holds, Gonzalo is accused of using the company’s money to launder assets and to manage illegal money into his bank account. Gonzalo is not only searched for by the police, but from one day to the other, his bank accounts are closed, his assets are seized, and if he doesn’t show up, he will be considered an outlaw.
Desperate and without knowing who to go to, Gonzalo decides to listen to his grandmother Esther, who tells him that they own some lands outside of the city that his grandfather once bought.
With the purpose of selling them and making some money in cash, Gonzalo begins the crusade of recovering them by facing the Siachoque’s, the family that lives there and assures him that they own the place that they once bought from his grandfather.
Since there is no proof of such thing or the other, the Rico’s have no other option that to go and live with the Siachoque’s, since it’s the only home that these have, asides from a Tejo club that sometimes plays as a restaurant and event room.
The encounter between these two worlds is comical among other things. First of all, because the Rico’s don’t understand how the Siachoque’s live. From each having their private bedroom and bath, the Rico’s now have to sleep together in bunk beds and share one bathroom among more than 10 people that live in the house. Secondly, because they have never worked in their life and now they are going to have to survive somehow, learning the activities that the Siachoque’s develop, which are, for them, one more humiliating than the other. Third, Gonzalo is nonetheless Alejandro’s cousin, the man that ruined Mariela’s life.
Despite these setbacks, from the impossible of the living situation to the crazy outcomes between the rich and the poor, the love between Mariela and Gonzalo ignites with a force that none of them are able to stop and that force makes everything that seems to be irreconcilable in time starts to have a reason.
From hating each other deeply, the Siachoque’s and the Rico’s begin to take part of the same side with one common objective: helping Gonzalo recover all that he lost in exchange for the club and the house to be left to the Siachoque’s. Everything seems to go as planned until Alejandro uses all his weapons to destroy Mariela, claiming paternity over her child, of whom he wants to take care of no matter what.
Mariela is forced to run away with Gonzalo’s help, who after facing his cousin, finally learns the lesson.
The Rico’s are joined to the Siachoque’s and their lives are intertwined forever. They will understand that it is not money that produces happiness, but love, solidarity, and union. There is no need to be attached to material things or to luxuries, but to enjoy life with all its good and bad. After all, being Rich is not about having the most, but about needing the least.
GENERAL PRODUCER: GUILLERMO RESTREPO.
DIRECTOR: PEPE SÁNCHEZ JR
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: GERMAN ARAQUE.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: FELIPE PAZ.
ART DIRECTOR: PIEDAD ARANGO.
PRODUCTION DIRECTOR: ORLANDO JIMENEZ.
PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTOR: JAIME GAVILÁN.
MUSIC DIRECTOR: NICOLÁS URIBE.
CONCEPT EDITION: MARCELA VÁSQUEZ.
U1 SCRIPT: CAMILA ANDREA TOVAR SÁNCHEZ.
U1 DIRECTION ASSISTANT: ÁNGELA LOZANO.
TAPING PLANNING ASSISTANT: ESTELLA MORALES GORDILLO
U1 PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: MARTIN CARDONA.
ART COORDINATOR: ANA MARÍA CARVAJAL.
WARDROBE DESIGN: SANDRA PATRICIA RODRÍGUEZ.
MAKEUP DESIGN: ADRIANA ORTIZ.
GRAPHIC DESIGN: CLAUDIA RODRÍGUEZ
DRAMATIC CONTINUITY: NATALIA SANTA.
SET DESIGN: LILIANA CORTES.
ATMOSPHERE DESIGN: JOSE JAVIER CARDENAS / NÉSTOR IBÁÑEZ.
SOUNDTRACK: DIEGO PÁEZ.
EDITOR: CESAR BARRETO.
ORIGINAL STORY: ADRIANA LORENZON / JUAN MANUEL CACERES / LILIANA GUZMAN /GUILLERMO RESTREPO.
WRITTEN BY: JUAN MANUEL CACERES / HECTOR ALEJANDRO MONCADA / LILIANA GUZMAN /JUAN CARLOS TRONCOS
DURATION: 121 x 60
Carlos Siachoque is Mariela’s father and her two siblings, a former wrestling fighter that is known as The Gladiator… Although everyone would think that a former fighter should be a serious, dry, trouble-maker, there is nothing further than that to Don Carlos, who is the best person, is only heart, the most emotional of men, a good neighbor, a good friend, a good father, but unfortunate at business and making a living.
His adoration was his deceased wife, and as her extension, his children Mariela, Jhon Alexis, and Yusmary, and obviously his grandson Nicolas. With Mariela, his oldest daughter, he has always had the feeling of watching his late wife, as he sees her as such a leader, so organized, and with such a will to move on. He is sure it was the right thing to do to leave the home leaded by her.
Alejandro Rico, at his 35 years of age, has everything any man could want to have: He’s rich, from a good family (heir along with his cousin Gonzalo of The Rico Editorial Group); married to the beautiful and elegant Patricia Rubio (32 years old) and with a promising future; however, there is some that will never let him be happy: envy. All of Alejandros’ wrong happenings have been caused by one person: his cousin Gonzalo… but it hadn’t matter because Alejandro has a clear goal… To clarify, from one of his secret affairs, eight years ago, with a beautiful and humble secretary called Mariela Siachoque, there was the doubt of a pregnancy…Alejandro, as is obvious, wasn’t going to let himself get caught by a poor secretary, no matter how beautiful or good person she was, and abandoned her. Alejandro is ready to consolidate his vengeance, but an impertinent clause in his grandparents will will complicate things and force Alejandro to take extreme measures.
Omar Leon, or The king of Soursop, as he is known by the people of the neighborhood and by the merchants of the Fruit Market, is a 40-something year old man, a popular stud, the best catch of the neighborhood: He is good-looking, has good presence, money, and that’s why everyone at the neighborhood envies Mariela, “The Shorty”, the only woman that has captured the attention of such “precious stud”. Omar is intuitive for business, has a basic behavior, is elemental with his modals, and rustic with everything else. He calls everything by its name, and though at time he may seem to be unemotional and a tough man, inside, he is very emotional and always worried about his own.
Gonzalo Rico, at his 35 years, is an image of success, brilliant, intelligent; heir to one of the most traditional families of the country, with the most promising future of his generation. This is Gonzalo Rico, when the series begins. However, things will soon begin to change: Gonzalo, called by his mother, has to come to Colombia and stay for a few days because of the reading of a will; days that will become a permanent situation: His Visas were canceled, his estate abroad has been frozen, and he is now followed by the law. Someone set him up and now appears to be a money launderer. After having the world at his hands to going into ruins, there are very few days, and there is someone very powerful out there very interested in destroying him.
Mariela, after a failed love affair at the age of 18, developed an outer shell against men and love; she has turned off the switch of love and passion, and within her laws it is clear that “…he who falls in love, losses…”…It already happened to her and she won’t let it happen again. The love of her life and motor of her existence, the reason for which she wakes up every day and struggles with life, is her son Nicolas (8 years old)…But, to clarify, the head of the family, she who runs the house, is Mariela, and she doesn’t believe in love. She has learned what men look for, especially rich men…