The House of Flowers (TV series)

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The House of Flowers
La Casa de las Flores - Title card.png
SpanishLa casa de las flores
GenreTelenovela
Comedy
Created byManolo Caro
Written by
  • Monika Revilla
  • Mara Vargas
  • Gabriel Nuncio
  • Manolo Caro
Directed by
  • Manolo Caro
Starring
Narrated byClaudette Maille
Country of originMexico
Original language(s)Spanish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Mariana Arredondo
  • María José Córdova
  • Rafael Ley
CinematographyPedro Gómez Millán
Running time27–37 minutes
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10) –
present
External links
Website

The House of Flowers (Spanish: La Casa de las Flores) is a Mexican comedy-drama web television series created by Manolo Caro. It depicts a dysfunctional upper-class Mexican family that owns a prestigious flower shop. The series, directed by its creator Manolo Caro, stars Verónica Castro, Cecilia Suárez, Aislinn Derbez, Darío Yazbek Bernal, and Sheryl Rubio, as well as Paco León, Sawandi Wilson, Juan Pablo Medina, Arturo Ríos, Claudette Maillé, Lucas Velázquez, Sofía Sisniega, and Luis de la Rosa. It is the third Mexican Netflix Original Series after Club de Cuervos and Ingobernable.

The entire 13-episode first season was released on 10 August 2018. In October 2018, Netflix renewed the programme for a second and third season to be released in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Cast[edit]

Promotional poster featuring the main cast

Main[edit]

  • Verónica Castro as Virginia de la Mora, the matriarch of the family and leading face of The House of Flowers
  • Cecilia Suárez as Paulina de la Mora, Virginia's eldest daughter, who directs both business and family intrigues
  • Aislinn Derbez as Elena de la Mora, Virginia's younger daughter, who has brought her fiancé Dominique home from New York
  • Darío Yazbek Bernal as Julián de la Mora, Virginia's son, who is romantically involved with both Lucía and Diego
  • Juan Pablo Medina as Diego Silvestre Olvera, the family's financial advisor, and Julián's secret lover
  • Verónica Langer [es] as Carmela "Memela" Villalobos, Virginia's meddlesome neighbor
  • Lucas Velázquez [es] as Claudio Navarro, the son of Ernesto's mistress, Roberta
  • Norma Angélica [es] as Delia, the de la Mora housekeeper
  • David Ostrosky as Dr. Salomón Cohen, Virginia's old friend, a child psychologist
  • Sheryl Rubio as Lucía Dávila, Julián's girlfriend
  • Sawandi Wilson as Dominique Shaw, Elena's African-American fiancé
  • Claudette Maillé [es] as Roberta Navarro, Ernesto's longtime mistress, and the mother of his daughter Micaela
  • Luis de la Rosa as Bruno Riquelme de la Mora, Paulina's teenage son
  • Alexa de Landa as Micaela Sánchez, Ernesto and Roberta's illegitimate daughter
  • Arturo Ríos [es] as Ernesto de la Mora, Virginia's husband and the patriarch of the family
  • Paco León as José María Riquelme / María José Riquelme, Paulina's ex-husband and Bruno's father who transitioned into a woman

Recurring[edit]

  • Irving Peña as Alfonso "Poncho" Cruz, an exotic dancer
  • Alexis Ortega as Federico Limantour, Virginia's friend's son whom she enlists to sell her homegrown marijuana
  • Federico Espejo as Willy, a man with whom Diego and Julián try an open relationship
  • Natasha Dupeyrón as Ana Paula "La Chiquis" Corcuera, the blind young owner of The House of Flowers' main competition
  • Paco Rueda as José Raúl "El Chiquis" Corcuera, Ana Paula's brother
  • Sofía Sisniega as Mara, a wedding planner
  • Felipe Flores as Lalo
  • Elizabeth Guindi as Angélica

Plot[edit]

The already-dysfunctional de la Mora family are thrown into chaos by the suicide of patriarch Ernesto's longtime mistress. The revelation of the affair—and Ernesto's illegitimate daughter—are just the first of a series of secrets that begin unraveling around matriarch Virginia and her children Paulina, Elena, and Julián.

The House of Flowers explores some cultural idiosyncrasies of the Mexican people, including casual racism and homophobia.[1][2][3] Paco León, who plays the transgender María José Riquelme, said, “What we wanted to do and what was important for us to do was, take this character out of the stereotypical perception, in a sense that would create a healthy dialogue about LGBTQ issues by providing a positive portrayal of a trans woman, and we hope María José did that."[2] The contrasting House of Flowers venues are used to illustrate the socio-economic and racial divides in modern-day Mexico City.[4]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"NARCISSUS (symb. lies)"Manolo CaroManolo CaroAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Virginia de la Mora throws a big party to celebrate her husband Ernesto's birthday. Their daughter Elena returns home from New York with her African-American boyfriend Dominique; their son Julián is cheating on his girlfriend Lucia with the family's financial advisor, Diego; and Ernesto's longtime mistress Roberta hangs herself in the family's shop, The House of Flowers.
2"CHRYSANTHEMUM (symb. pain)"Manolo CaroGabriel NuncioAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Virginia tries to cope with the revelation of Ernesto's affair and illegitimate daughter Micaela, and feels betrayed by own her daughter Paulina, who has known her father's secrets for years. Paulina struggles to hide Roberta's funeral—as well as the existence of Ernesto's side business, a drag cabaret also called The House of Flowers—from her mother and siblings. Virginia reads the letter Roberta left for her.
3"LILY (symb. freedom)"Manolo CaroMonika RevillaAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Julián wants to come out as gay to his parents so he can finally move in with Diego. Elena warns Virginia, who just wants to convince Julián to marry Lucia. Julián tries to break up with Lucia, but she refuses to accept that he is gay, and they have sex. Julián comes out as bisexual and reveals his five-year relationship with Diego; Virginia is distraught, but Ernesto is accepting. Ernesto is arrested for financial crimes.
4"PETUNIA (symb. resentment)"Manolo CaroMara VargasAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Elena learns from Delia that she or one of her siblings was not fathered by Ernesto. Roberta took out 23 million pesos in loans in Ernesto's name, and Virginia, who learned about it from Roberta's letter, sees his arrest as retribution for his infidelity. Paulina is forced to call her lawyer ex-husband, José María, to help her father. Virginia has a change of heart, but the family's assets are frozen. She enlists a friend's son to sell her homegrown marijuana.
5"DAHLIA (symb. gratitude)"Manolo CaroGabriel NuncioAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
To spite Paulina, Virginia puts Elena in charge of the flowers for a big bar mitzvah, and Paulina sabotages her sister at every turn. Claudio helps Elena with the event, and they have sex. Virginia convinces Julián to invite Lucia to the bar mitzvah instead of Diego. Paulina finds out that Virginia dated Dr. Cohen right before she met and married Ernesto. The DNA results come in, and Paulina learns that she is not Ernesto's daughter.
6"MAGNOLIA (symb. dignity)"Manolo CaroMonika RevillaAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Paulina's transgender ex-husband—now named María José–arrives in Mexico City to help Ernesto. Claudio and Julián introduce male strippers to the cabaret, but conflict arises between them and the drag queens. Virginia is secretly selling her marijuana out of the flower shop. Diego is angry with Julián, and brings home another man in retaliation for Lucia. Elena learns what Virginia is up to, and offers to help. The de la Mora finances are unfrozen, but Ernesto remains in jail as a flight risk.
7"PEONY (symb. shame)"Manolo CaroManolo CaroAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Lucía blackmails Julián with the sex tape he made with Diego and Willy. Paulina visits Dr. Cohen to find out if he is her father, while Julián goes to Ernesto in jail for advice. Claudio helps Elena acquire more marijuana plants. Julián is forced to propose to Lucia while Virginia goes to Diego to convince him to take Julián back. Julián takes back the ring and proposes to Diego instead, so Lucia posts the sex video online.
8"BROMELIA (symb. resilience)"Manolo CaroMara VargasAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Julián's video has gone viral, and he is humiliated to learn that he is now popularly known as "Lord Give It To Me". Virginia's attempt at revenge against Lucia fails, but she later confronts Lucia, chops off some of her hair, and tells her friends that Lucia's family made their money from strip clubs and drugs. Elena cannot resist Claudio, and they have sex again. After Ernesto calls to give Virginia his support, she vows to get him out of prison.
9"TULIP (symb. hope)"Manolo CaroGabriel NuncioAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
La Chiquis makes an offer to buy The House of Flowers. Elena sends Poncho to seduce the de la Moras' nosy neighbor Carmela. Julián tries to drum up more business for the shop. Virginia confirms that Dr. Cohen is Paulina's father.
10"TUSSILAGO (symb. worries)"Manolo CaroMonika Revilla, Mara Vargas, Gabriel NuncioAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Virginia is visited by a local drug dealer who demands she pay him for selling marijuana in his territory. She is dismissive until Ernesto is beat up in jail over it. When Bruno and Micaela go missing, the family thinks they have been kidnapped. Virginia makes the payment and the children are found, having run away to look at stars.
11"ORCHID (symb. Lust)"Manolo CaroMonika RevillaAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
After learning of Elena's affair with Claudio, Virginia arranges for Dominique to visit Elena in Mexico. Virginia is excited to learn that Elena and Dominique want to get married right away. Julián has sex with Mara, and Diego becomes suspicious when he finds a hotel room key. Virginia and Dr. Cohen begin an affair. Elena marries Dominique, but immediately breaks it off to be with Claudio.
12"SISYMBRIUM (symb. adversity)"Manolo CaroMara VargasAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Dr. Cohen lends Paulina the rest of the money she needs to secure Ernesto's release from jail, but someone robs the safe. Elena discovers that Claudio does not want to be in an exclusive relationship. Diego leaves Julián, and the family assumes he stole the money. Paulina tells Ernesto she knows he is not her father, but he assures her she is still his favorite daughter.
13"POPPY (symb. Resurrection)"Manolo CaroManolo CaroAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Virginia visits Ernesto in jail, and confesses that she purposely did not help him avoid arrest. María José plans to take Bruno to live with her in Madrid. Diego tells off a devastated Julián. Virginia gets the money to free Ernesto as the family celebrates the 50-year anniversary of the flower shop. Virginia announces that she has sold The House of Flowers to La Chiquis, but Delia learns that Ana Paula wants to tear it down. Carmela's husband returns, finds her in bed with Poncho, and fires a gun at the couple. Before leaving town for good, Virginia encourages Paulina to get María José and Bruno back.

Production[edit]

The House of Flowers was announced in January 2017.[5] Principal photography for the series began on 24 July 2017.[6][7] It is one of several Netflix programmes being filmed in Latin America.[5]

The series, created and directed by Manolo Caro, stars Verónica Castro, Cecilia Suárez, Aislinn Derbez, Darío Yazbek Bernal, and Sheryl Rubio, as well as Paco León, Sawandi Wilson, Juan Pablo Medina, Arturo Ríos, Claudette Maillé, Lucas Velázquez, Sofía Sisniega, and Luis de la Rosa.[6][7] It is the third Mexican Netflix Original Series after Club de Cuervos and Ingobernable. In August 2018, Verónica Castro that she would not reprise the role of Virginia for potential future seasons because she felt "this character's journey is over".[8][9] Creator Manolo Caro confirmed a week later that Castro was finished with the show, which would focus on the de la Mora children if another season was produced.[8][10]

A second and third season of the programme were announced in October 2018, to be released in 2019 and 2020, respectively.[8][11]

Broadcast[edit]

A trailer for the series debuted on 12 June 2018.[12] The full 13-episode first season was released on Netflix on August 10, 2018.[5]

Reception[edit]

Kayla Cobb of Decider called The House of Flowers "the Mexican Desperate Housewives", and praised "its willingness to be seedy."[13] The series received positive reviews from Refinery29 and PopSugar,[1][14] and Cecilia Suárez has been repeatedly singled out and praised for her performance as Paulina.[2][3][13][14][15] Brenden Gallagher of The Daily Dot called the series light-hearted and adventurous, but noted that character development was lacking and that the show could have gone farther to challenge the usual parameters of the telenovela genre.[4]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2019 Platino Awards Best Ibero-American Miniseries or TV series The House of Flowers Pending [16]
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV series Cecilia Suárez Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Romero, Ariana (16 August 2018). "If You've Been Looking For A New Netflix Show, This Juicy Soap Is It". Refinery29. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Velazquez, Alex (17 August 2018). "The House of Flowers Is Netflix's New Family Dramedy With Multiple Queer and Trans Storylines". Into. Retrieved 7 December 2018 – via intomore.com.
  3. ^ a b Lopez, David (17 August 2018). "La Casa de las Flores: The Queer Novela You Need to Watch". Instinct. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b Gallagher, Brenden (11 August 2018). "La Casa de Las Flores is an experimental, modern telenovela for the Netflix era". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Mitchell, Molli (7 August 2018). "La casa de las flores on Netflix release date, cast, trailer, plot". Daily Express.
  6. ^ a b TV News Desk (24 July 2017). "Principal Photography Underway for New Netflix Series La Casa de las Flores". Retrieved 7 December 2018 – via Broadwayworld.com.
  7. ^ a b Vincent, Mary (24 July 2017). "La Casa de Las Flores, starring Verónica Castro, Aislinn Derbez and Cecilia Suarez, beings principal photography today". Netflix Media Center. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  8. ^ a b c Betancourt, Manuel (9 October 2018). "Netflix Renews La Casa de las Flores For Multiple Seasons". Remezcla. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  9. ^ González, Renata (9 August 2018). "Por este motivo Verónica Castro no quiere ser parte de La casa de las flores 2". Quién (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  10. ^ García, Ángel (25 August 2018). "Verónica Castro no regresará a La casa de las flores: Manolo Caro". Forbes México (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  11. ^ "¡Confirmado! La Casa de las Flores regresa a Netflix con temporada 2 y 3". La Opinión (in Spanish). 9 October 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  12. ^ Netflix (12 June 2018). The House of Flowers: Official Trailer. Retrieved 7 December 2018 – via YouTube.
  13. ^ a b Cobb, Kayla (22 August 2018). "Netflix's House of Flowers Is the Mexican Desperate Housewives". Decider. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  14. ^ a b Campos, Edna. "7 Reasons to Binge-Watch Netflix's La Casa de las Flores". PopSugar. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  15. ^ Lobo, Joanna (1 September 2018). "The House of Flowers: Drama, in full bloom". India Today. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  16. ^ Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ Nabs Nine Nominations for 6th Premios Platino

External links[edit]

The House of Flowers on IMDb