Tuesday, December 1, 2020     Volume: 21, Issue: 39
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS: A SCHITT’S CREEK FAREWELL
BINGABLE: ABANDONED (2016)
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: CASA DE LAS FLORES
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARIES
BINGEABLE: OUTLANDER (2014-present)
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: COOL RUNNINGS (1993)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: FISH TANK (2009)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: HOUSE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: OLDBOY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART (1990)
BLOW THE MAN DOWN
BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM
DA 5 BLOODS
DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET
FIRST COW
GREYHOUND
GUILTY PLEASURES: CHEER (2020)
HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS
HE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
LYING AND STEALING
SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE (2011)
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE OPERATIVE
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO SEVEN
THE VAST OF NIGHT
TREAD
TV REVIEW: BOSCH
TV REVIEW: CATCH-22
TV REVIEW: COBRA KAI
TV REVIEW: DEFENDING JACOB
TV REVIEW: FEAR CITY
TV REVIEW: GENERATION KILL (2008)
TV REVIEW: HANNIBAL (2013-2015)
TV REVIEW: HELL ON WHEELS (2011-2016)
TV REVIEW: HOMECOMING
TV REVIEW: I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
TV REVIEW: I MAY DESTROY YOU
TV REVIEW: I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK
TV REVIEW: JULIE AND THE PHANTOMS
TV REVIEW: LENOX HILL
TV REVIEW: LITTLE AMERICA
TV REVIEW: LOVE ON THE SPECTRUM
TV REVIEW: LOVECRAFT COUNTRY
TV REVIEW: MRS. AMERICA
TV REVIEW: PANDEMIC: HOW TO PREVENT AN OUTBREAK (2020)
TV REVIEW: RAISED BY WOLVES
TV REVIEW: RAMY
TV REVIEW: RUN
TV REVIEW: SPACE FORCE
TV REVIEW: TABOO
TV REVIEW: THE BOYS
TV REVIEW: THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD
TV REVIEW: THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR
TV REVIEW: THE LAST KINGDOM
TV REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL
TV REVIEW: THE MORNING SHOW
TV REVIEW: THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL OF ALL
TV REVIEW: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
TV REVIEW: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
TV REVIEW: THE THIRD DAY
TV REVIEW: THE VOW
TV REVIEW: TREADSTONE (2019)
TV REVIEW: TRIAL 4 (2020)
TV REVIEW: UNDONE
TV REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
TV REVIEW: ZEROZEROZERO
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
[UN]WELL

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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