Nota Roja

Institute History

  • 1993 Guadalajara Mexican Screenwriters Lab


Luisa, a young and ambitious journalist who is starting out in her career, accidentally meets with Ismael, a mature reporter for the "nota roja" (newspaper crime section) who had previously lived with Amanda, her mother.

Brought together by common interests. Luisa and Ismael embark on a relationship that at first pretends to be kept on a friendly level. but which gradually develops into a romance plagued by feelings of guilt and doubt. The coupleĀ· s love affair is not only shadowed by the years Amanda and Ismael shared together, and by the fact that Luiso is young enough to by Ismael's daughter, but also by Luisa's recent break with her boyfriend Carlos and by her strained relationship with her mother.

However, professional and generational factors serve also as important counterweights in their love affair. Indeed, as Luisa and Ismael's meeting takes place at the same time that Ismael's former superior and friend, Benavides, is murdered (apparently as a result of a newspaper corruption scandal). Ismael is forced to participate again in a series of episodes that had linked him with Benavides and which were the main cause of his moving away from active journalism.

In this context, the search for news, the reconstruction of past events, the surfacing amidst the public of "nota roja" characters, and a reflection on the moral values and the principles of journalism, interweave in a love story that unites two almost opposing human beings .

Luisa discovers in Ismael a man of experience, romantic and gallant, with a passion for his work but at the same time disillusioned by journalism ... On the other hand, Ismael finds in the girl the eagerness, the freshness and energy of youth which make him wake up from his solitary lethargy and enable him to come to terms with the past and with his professional career.


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