Loving Pablo (2017)

# 14675 IMDb R 

Loving Pablo (2017

By Fernando León de Aranoa

Biography, Crime, Drama (2h 03min)

Spain Spain, Bulgaria Bulgaria

Rated 6.3 after 8,781 votes on 18-Oct-18.

1 win & 5 nominations


In 1981, Virginia Vallejo is a famous Colombia's journalist and TV news anchorwoman who is invited to a VIPs party in the ranch of Pablo Escobar, a low-born man who gained money and power with drug trafficking together his friends, turning them in the new generation of rich men of the country. Seduced by his charisma, Virginia starts a passionate love affair with Escobar despite he's a family man married with María Victoria. Along the 80's years, Escobar becomes famous in his try to better the life of the low-born people of Medellín (Colombia's capital) and raising a politician carrier in the Colombia's congress, but Virginia starts to understand Escobar's real power controlling an empire of crime in Colombia and spreading his drug by all USA. It causes that the DEA's agent Shepard interests by his business and by Virginia, contacting her looking for a way to stop him. With the President Belisario Betancur allying with USA to stop Escobar and extradite him to judge outside Colombia, this last one starts a war in the country to eliminate all his enemies, politicians and non-politicians, unleashing his thirst for blood and his ambition to rule everything. Virginia, seeing as her carrier and her reputation are destroyed by Escobar, faces a extreme situation: to die at the hands of Escobar or by his enemies as an act of reprisal, or save herself helping Shepard to stop Escobar before he kills her.

Popular faces

Fernando León de Aranoa (director) Javier Bardem Penélope Cruz Peter Sarsgaard Julieth Restrepo Óscar Jaenada Ricardo Niño David Valencia


From the same director


Javier Bardem (Pablo Escobar), Penélope Cruz (Virginia Vallejo), Peter Sarsgaard (Shepard), Julieth Restrepo (Maria Victoria Henao), Óscar Jaenada (Santoro), Fredy Yate (Pelado), Ricardo Niño (Careta), Pedro Calvo (Gatillero), Joavany Alvarez (Ignacio Velarde), David Valencia (Santos), Santiago Londoño (Hermosilla), Juan Sebastián Calero (Carlos Corral), Quique Mendoza (Abel Monje), Ariel Sierra (Salvador Martín), Julio Nava (Garza), Miguel Such (Victor), Atanas Srebrev (Agent Holland), Carlos Ramírez (Juan Pablo (8 years)), Tania Valencia (Chantal), Erik Rodriguez (Boy from the Slums), Sara Deray (Paula), Patrick Forster-Delmas (Producer (as Patrick Delmas)), Mark Basnight (Family Man), Lillian Blankenship (Family Man's Daughter), Georgi Nikolov (Hitman #1)...


Produced by

Javier Bardem (producer), Andrés Calderón (executive producer), Christa Campbell (executive producer), Ed Cathell III (producer), Valentin Dimitrov (line producer), Jeffrey Greenstein (executive producer), Lati Grobman (executive producer), Jere Hausfater (executive producer), Veselin Karadjov (line producer: Bulgaria), Aleksander Kenanov (co-producer)...


IMDb Comment

This is the worst portrayal of Pablo Escobar ever... having actors from Spain try to give Colombian accents to their characters is painful to watch... at some points they don't even try....

The whole movie feels like a bad conglomerate of Netflix's Narcos episodes. They sell it as being set from the point of view of Virginia, but that's only true at the beginning of the film the rest it's just old Pablo Escobar being Pablo Escobar....

If you want to see a more accurate portrayal of Pablo Escobar I would recommend a Colombian production with Colombian actors which is quite good and well documented, it is called "Pablo Escobar; el patrón del mal" produced by caracol... don't waste your time and money with this movie...


Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz have been married since 2010.

5 total 


1 win & 5 nominations 
Goya Awards • Spanish Actors Union • The Platino Awards for Iberoamerican Cinema

Other titles

Да обичаш Пабло (Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)) • Amando Pablo (Brazil) • Pablo ja Escobari vahel (Estonia) • Escobar (Spain (working title); France; Hungary; Netherlands) • Voleći Pabla (Croatia) • Escobar Il fascino del male (Italy) • Mylintis Pablo (Lithuania) • Esboar: Loving Pablo (Philippines (English title)) • Kochajac Pabla, nienawidzac Escobara (Poland) • Amar Pablo, Odiar Escobar (Portugal) 



R for strong violent content, some sexuality, language and drug use


Brazil:16 / France:12 / Hungary:16 / Indonesia:17+ / Lithuania:N-16 / Netherlands:16 / Philippines:R-16 / Russia:18+ / Spain:16 / United States:R



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