The De la Mora family is gone. A few weeks ago, Netflix aired the third and final season of ‘La Casa de las Flores’, the satirical soap opera created by Manolo Caro and following the misadventures of a rather peculiar family.
Maria said in her criticism of the beginning of the season, that these new episodes had a debt to pay: that of recovering the spirit of season 1 and that she lost in season 2. And Caro’s attempt to redirect the series is evident. However, in my opinion, it does it only half and too late.
A gradual look at the origins
Caro’s script chooses not to return abruptly or undo what has been walked, but to turn around little by little and plan a parallel montage between the youth of Virginia de la Mora (Isabel Burr) in the 70s and their flirtations with Mexican queer culture and the attempt to get their lives back on track by Paulina (Cecila Suárez) and her brothers.
He commented it the other day with the rest of the Espinof team: ‘La casa de las flores’ is one of those series suitable to watch while you eat, irons or, simply, to watch a marathon with colleagues commenting on the move. A quality that doesn’t make it worse or better, it just puts you in a different and grateful league.
Because that is what best defines ‘La Casa de las flores’: an escape provided by the quirky, colorful and fun of the experiences of the De la Mora family and their loved ones. That is the spirit and what he aspires to this last season. But everything upside down that the series was at the end of the second round of episodes makes the return to it very bumpy.
Disconnecting from the characters
There is a vital question with all series, especially with those that last more than one season, which is how much you manage to get involved with the characters. It is not so much a matter of physical plot, what happens to them or how it happens, since basically we are talking about a comic soap opera with which we have assumed certain behaviors and turns.
It is the level at which we manage to connect with the characters and whether or not we believe what happens to them. So we find that what we no longer bought around the De la Mora family last August, they are still there and it will be difficult to get rid of it. They can camouflage it, they can go “de-scaling” but, logically, in taking it, the sensation is unsatisfactory.
But this does not imply that there are no fun moments and memorable scenes. There are. It is still great to see Paulina or the pairing formed by the characters of Paco and María León. The incorporation of the grandmother (Isela Vega) as a “villain” has been quite inspired (despite the fact that there can be justified disagreements with her).
In short, this final season of ‘La Casa de las Flores’ has provided an inspired farewell to the series, successfully completing the family’s adventures. It does not reach the good times they gave us in the beginning but it has managed to continue to be an effective diversion.