Yon González's interpretation of 'Julio' the handsome 'camerero' who falls in love with his employer's daughter, is brilliant. Julio is arguably one of the strongest male figures on the screen, large or small. ..and I don't mean just his physique. Although his physical beauty is without a doubt patent and remarkable. One only has to look at his first "pelea" --which he agreed to at the behest of Javier-- in the underground fight club. The sweat-sheened, glistening hardbody is conspicuously extraordinary.
His physical beauty aside, Julio was also stalwart and steady... a lighthouse and a rock. There was no wavering in him. His commitment to his friends and those he loved was unshakeable. We first see evidence of this when he travels a great distance to locate his missing, and later presumed dead, sister. But his steadfastness was most prominent with Alicia... intimating the deep, abiding love he had for her. He was ever-present, with gentle persuasion, guiding her with intrepid, fearless strength to the truth. The truth of who her family was, who Diego was, and who she was. The scene right after Diego finds the letter left by Isabelle revealing Alicia had a secret lover is just one example. Though the identity of the lover was not revealed, Julio was not one to shy away in fear and was willing at that very moment to walk into the lion's den with Alicia and face whatever may come. He was stouthearted and indomitable and that speaks to the heart of any woman with a pulse. I always felt that the scenes of him on the cliff with the lighthouse in the background was symbolic of him. He was a beacon of light in the darkness, the comforting sound of safety, and the safe harbor to which to come home. He was the embodiment of true strength and a constant, sturdy lighthouse during the storm. A powerhouse. The embodiment of physical, rugged, sinewy beauty and brave, bold, gutsy courage. He is the lusty man of our dreams and full of dauntless valor. He is Julio. He is our heart. And Yon González breathed life into him.
By Lara Hartman