A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The soap opera aims to entertain rather than educate.
The sowing of coffee as a symbol of Colombia's identity. The value of farming the land with values and respect for the farmers. Love overcomes all obstacles. Social differences are irrelevant, what's important is the person's character.
Positive Role Models
Gaviota is an honest, enthusiastic, kind young woman who promotes the empowerment of coffee pickers. Sebastian wants to honor his father's legacy and run the company according to the law and quality criteria.
The soap opera is produced in Colombia, with a predominantly Colombian cast, although one of the main characters, William Levy, is Cuban. The wealthy members of the Vallejo family are White, while the coffee pickers are brown. The theme of racial discrimination is shown in Marcela Vallejo's relationship with Lemarcus, an African descendant, which upsets the Vallejo family matriarch. Women play a prominent role in the story, but always in relation to the men who court them. One of the Vallejo sons is LGBTQ+; his mother asks him to go to therapy to change his sexual orientation.
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Violence & Scariness
A character who's a drug trafficker beats his wife for being unfaithful. The blows are not seen onscreen, but the woman's face is later shown with bruises and blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couples are shown lying in bed, kissing, and flirting with each other. Infidelities between couples are frequent. Lucia's character always wears plunging necklines and sometimes appears in her underwear.
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Occasional uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol at parties, bars, weddings, and family gatherings.
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Parents Need to Know
Families need to know that The Scent of Passion (Café con aroma de mujer) is a Colombian soap opera and is a remake of another Colombian telenovela of the same name from 1994. This revival maintains the focus on the difficulties faced by the main characters, a poor coffee picker and the heir to the rich family owner of the coffee plantation. But it also highlights the empowered role of women coffee pickers and makes minor references to social and political realities of the country. There are suggestions of sex, but it's not shown, and there's lots of infidelity between couples. Issues of racism, class struggle, homophobia, and women's abuse are addressed. Characters drink at social gatherings. Beyond the typical dramatic themes of any telenovela, there's a positive message around farming the land as a sign of identity and shared values, regardless of class differences.
Is It Any Good?
The new version of The Scent of Passion (Café con aroma de mujer) maintains the same premise as the 1994 telenovela of the same name, which was a hit throughout Latin America and made its star, Margarita Rosa de Francisco, a global star. The 2021 Café con aroma de mujer was also a hit with audiences, and was streamable in all Spanish-speaking markets. Laura Londoño may not have Margarita Rosa de Francisco's captivating personality, but she plays Gaviota with charisma and far surpasses the performance of her counterpart, Cuban-born heartthrob William Levy. The care and time that the telenovela devotes to the secondary plots and the rest of the cast helps a lot. The balance between drama and humor, and the references to Colombian reality are also appreciated.
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