Format: Web Series
Movie Rated: 18+
When House Of Flowers released on Netflix 2 years ago, we never thought we could get so attached to the show. The show which is based on a dysfunctional business class family in Mexico dealt with a lot of issues such as homosexuality, gender fluidity, suicide, etc.
What is it about?
Season 2 dealt with the aftermath of Virginia’s death. Paulina reopens the cabaret by taking funds from Diego. With revenge on her mind, Paulina lists Diego as the cabaret owner and enters into a shady deal with Julian’s escort agency. Julian and Diego reignite their relationship. Elena realizes that she is a sex addict and attends group therapy. Meanwhile, Mica is on her way to becoming a singer, while Ernesto has left his family to join a cult. Season 3 might showcase Paulina’s time in jail after voluntarily being put behind bars. Season 3 focuses more on Ernesto, Virginia, and Solomon’s complicated relationship in their youth by transporting us to 1979. Elena ends up in a coma, and the family learns that she is pregnant. Maria’s annoying sister Purificación Riquelme visits Paulina in prison and threaten to make Paulina’s life hell. Maria and Paulina’s ruptured relationship blossoms again. Diego begins to question his sexuality. There is a track where Paulina maps out a plan to get out of prison.
Having this cast of actors is a dream as everyone fits into the role so perfectly. Cecilia Suárez and her character, Paulina de la Mora, have to be particularly mentioned, especially the character's voice has been the subject of popularity and discussion in media as well. Cisgender actor Paco León, who plays trans woman María José Riquelme also fits into the role perfectly and carries out the role with a lot of finesse and elan.
It contains several LGBT+ main characters, with episodes that look at internalized homophobia and transphobia. Seen as satirizing the telenovela genre that it maintains elements of, it also subverts stereotypical presentations of race, class, sexuality, and morality in Mexico.
It could very well be called as the Mexican Desperate Housewives as the show too, has a dead narrator. It is catalogued as a comedy, but in fact, is a self-conscious melodrama with an ironic twist. The series focuses on family, characters, and plot twists that are distinctly melodramatic, particularly having a paternity dilemma as the main plot point; focus on morals and gender roles.
Because the show is in Spanish, you have to rely heavily on the sub-titles for getting the pulse of the show. So that according to me is a major drawback. It would have been received more widely had it been in English.
Do I recommend it?