Saturday, January 18, 2020     Volume: 20, Issue: 46
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
AD ASTRA
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
BAD BOYS FOR LIFE
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: CASA DE LAS FLORES
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: GRACE AND FRANKIE
BINGEABLE: INTO THE DARK
BINGEABLE: MAGIC FOR HUMANS
BINGEABLE: NATHAN FOR YOU
BINGEABLE: RUSSIAN DOLL
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: COOL RUNNINGS (1993)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: FRIENDS
BLAST FROM THE PAST: HOUSE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: LONE WOLF MCQUADE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: OLDBOY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BLAST FROM THE PAST: ROBOCOP
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: UNDER SIEGE 2: DARK TERRITORY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART
BLAST FROM THE PAST: YOU’VE GOT MAIL
BOMBSHELL
BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON
CATS
DARK WATERS
DOCTOR SLEEP
DOLITTLE
DOWNTON ABBEY
FORD V FERRARI
FROZEN II
GUILTY PLEASURE: THE HANGOVER
GUILTY PLEASURES: BARBIE LIFE IN THE DREAMHOUSE
GUILTY PLEASURES: GIRL MEETS WORLD (2014-2017)
HAEWATCH: THE WITCHER (2019)
HATEWATCH: CHOPPED
HATEWATCH: FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER’S MONSTER, FRANKENSTEIN
HATEWATCH: NAILED IT!
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
JOJO RABBIT
JOKER
JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL
KNIVES OUT
LIKE A BOSS
LITTLE WOMEN
MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL
MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN
ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD
RICHARD JEWELL
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (EXTENDED CUT)
SPIES IN DISGUISE
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR’S CUT
THE GRUDGE
THE LIGHTHOUSE
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
UNCUT GEMS
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS
UNDERRATED: INSOMNIA
UNDERRATED: SHUTTER ISLAND
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
UNDERRATED: THE FALLING
UNDERWATER
YESTERDAY
ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

BINGEABLE: CASA DE LAS FLORES

PHOTO BY PHOTO COURTESY OF NETFLIX

BINGEABLE: CASA DE LAS FLORES


Where is it playing?: Netflix

What's it rated?: TV-MA

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

La Casa de Las Flores, or as Netflix has it titled on its streaming service The House of Flowers, is a modern-style telenovela whose characters and storyline are extremely exaggerated, overdone, and ridiculous. I love it. 

The series is also entirely in Spanish with some English here and there, so if you speak Spanish, great! If you don’t, you’ll probably have to turn on the subtitles. 

The second season was recently released, so in preparation for watching the newest episodes, I’m taking a look at the family whose lives were unraveled by a woman’s suicide. 

Taking place in Mexico City, the de la Mora family—which includes siblings Elena (Aislinn Derbez), Paulina (Cecilia Sárec), Julián (Dario Yazbek Bernal), and parents Ernesto (Arturo Ríos) and Virginia (Verónica Castro)—is living telenovela legend. The de la Moras are in the flower arrangement business. Their storefront, La Casa de Las Flores, is a luxurious flower boutique that’s 100 percent family owned and operated. 

While this family may seem picture perfect, there are plenty of skeletons that come dancing out of the closet after a mysterious woman hanged herself in the Casa de Las Flores. Her body was discovered during Ernesto’s lavish birthday festivities, a time when the entire family is reunited.

Turns out, the mysterious woman is Ernesto’s mistress, Roberta (Claudette Maillé) and business partner. Did I mention their secret joint venture is also called Casa de Las Flores, but it has nothing to do with plants. It’s a cabaret that specializes in putting on glamorous drag-queen performances. The cat is out of the bag, and of course Virginia is having a nervous breakdown about it. 

As the story unfolds, with Roberta as narrator, there are plenty of hilarious jaw-dropping twists within the family’s tale: blackmail, a sex tape, cheating, and marijuana dealing among other things.

Casa de Las Flores takes me back to all the telenovelas on Univison, an American Spanish-language television network, I would watch with my parents in the evenings after dinner. In retrospect, I think they believed I wasn’t paying attention to what was on the screen, but I was hooked.

The stories were outrageous and the characters were so convincing, always on the verge of falling in love, getting backstabbed, tumbling down a flight of stairs, or finding out their aunt is really their mother.

While this series doesn’t break too many boundaries of the age-old telenovela story-telling format, I’m not mad about it at all. I will say that integrating the LGBTQ community in a telenovela is something that is very new, and it’s done in a fun and respectful way. 

Let’s also tip our hats to Verónica Castro who’s been in this industry her entire life. 

If you love a good mystery and plenty of hilariously delivered scandalous events happening to one family, I suggest you catch up on season one. (two seasons, roughly 30 min. episodes)

—Karen Garcia




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