Season one had enough juicy drama and plot twists. The second season ups the ante with more secrets, hilarious narratives and Machiavellian plotting in the eyeball-popping world of the De La Mora family.
Director: Manolo Caro
Writers: Monika Revilla, Mara Vargas, Gabriel Nuncio and Manolo Caro
Cast: Cecilia Suarez, Aislinn Derbez, Dario Yazbek, Bernal, Arturo Rios, Juan Pablo Medina
Seasons: 2 (2018, 2019)
Streaming on: Netflix
The De La Moras are whacky but wonderful
There’s something endearing about dysfunctional families. Perhaps it’s the combination of schadenfreude and relief that your family is saner. The De La Mora family is up there with the best and it’s with exasperated fondness that you view the adults display terrible behaviour and a proclivity for bad decisions.
Everything has changed in season two, which begins a year after season one ends. Virginia De La Mora (Veronica Castro) is no more and is, ironically enough, buried next to her husband Ernesto’s (Arturo Rios) ex-mistress, Roberta (Claudette Maille). Her family, save for her oldest daughter Paulina (Cecilia Suarez), have grieved and moved on. Ernesto is now involved with a spiritual cult that tries to exhort money under the guise of offering divine ascension. Elena (Aislinn Derbez) has embraced her nymphomaniac tendencies over professional duties (leading to disasters at work). Julian (Dario Yazbek Bernal) decides the only thing he’s good at is sex and decides to become an escort to make money to pay for Namibia, the daughter he has with Lucia (Sheryl Rubio). Of course, that doesn’t stop him from pining after his one true love, Diego (Juan Pablo Medina), who made off with the family’s fortune in the previous season…or did he?
Cecilia Suarez is the real MVP
The delightfully campy and talented Veronica Castro is gone this season (she’s missed) and so the burden of carrying the show falls to Cecilia Suarez’s slender shoulders, and boy does she deliver! Her peculiar languid intonations, machinations, her quest for revenge against Diego, her frustration with Elena and Julian who she (rightfully) dubs “Dumb and Dumber”, her beautiful yet fragile relationship with former husband turned wife Maria Jose (Paco Leon)…the actor doesn’t miss a note and makes you root for her flawed, neurotic and borderline ‘loca’ character.
It’s heartfelt and hilarious at the same time
Manolo Caro stitches together a tapestry of melodrama, hijinks, hilarity and heartfelt moments that stays with you long after each episode is over. It’s a beautiful portrayal of a modern family that has its share of skeletons in the closet, keeps secrets from one another, but ultimately is there for each other, because as they keep repeating over and again, family matters. Topics such as transphobia, homophobia, religion and drugs have been dealt with in a poignant manner, without any annoying sermonising.
Season three is on its way. Yay!
This season ends on a dramatic cliffhanger, setting the stage for season three, which will premiere in 2020. As season two has shown, The House of Flowers only gets better with time.