The spirit of archetypal Mexican singing star and movie idol Pedro Infante takes over the body of one of his modern-day impersonators in a new comedic telenovela with a magic realist twist. The film, the first original production from Netflix Latin America, debuts on Christmas Eve.
In a plot that recalls Heaven Can Wait, the 1978 hit movie starring Warren Beatty, Como Caído del Cielo opens with Infante stuck in purgatory: although his voice and image were beloved by fans in Mexico and around the world, and remain so to this day, in the movie his deplorable machista behavior on earth has kept him from going to heaven. But when a Pedro Infante imitator named Pedro Guadalupe Ramos dies, the real Infante has a chance to come back to life in his body, and try and earn a place among the angels by showing respect for women, particularly Ramos’ wife. Not surprisingly, Ramos himself had been unfaithful.
Love songs sung by Infante-Ramos (Omar Chaparro) throughout the movie are the key to romance, and (spoiler alert) a final resting place for Infante’s soul.
A soundtrack album, with Chaparro singing Infante classics and “De Que Me Sirve El Cielo,” an original composition that is the movie’s theme song, is also to be released Dec. 24, on JN Records. The album was produced by Jorge Avendaño, who also co-wrote that song, and is known for writing themes for telenovelas and working with artists including Ricardo Montaner and Mexican singer and actress Edith Marquez.
Chaparro, best known as a comedic actor, has recorded two previous albums.
Check out the trailer below.