DISCLOSURE: This article may include spoilers of the new episodes of La Casa de las Flores, but no endings are given away!
After raved reviews from last year’s premiere on Netflix, La Casa de las Flores (The House of Flowers) is back for Season Two—and it’s more queer than before! Season Two released on Netflix on October 18th and everyone is already talking about how it is still just as good as the first. Sure, the show’s lead actress Verónica Castro is no longer in the show—you learn about her death in small doses throughout the season—but the De La Mora family is still digging itself a bigger and bigger hole. After the family fortune is taken by the family’s financial advisor, Diego (Juan Pablo Medina) and Virginia de la Mora’s (Castro) death leaves the family wounded forever, they lose the family flower shop and gay-friendly cabaret that ironically share the same name, La Casa de las Flores.
This season, now that the stakes are higher for the family, siblings Paulina (Cecilia Suárez), Julián (Dario Yazbek Bernal), and Elena (Aislinn Derbez) enter a plan to recover the family’s flower shop in their mother’s honor—but first they have to bring their defunct cabaret back to life in order to raise the money. Paulina—who is still the stand out character—returns from living in Madrid and begins recruiting the cabaret’s female impersonators as the beginning of their plan. Oh—and Paulina has rekindled her romance with her partner who is a transwoman and who fathered their teenage son. Confusing? Standby.
The show’s father, Ernesto de la Mora (Arturo Ríos) has joined a cult in search of clarity—and success—after the loss of his wife. The cult leader soon moves in on the De La Mora’s and brings a whole other set of issues that is beyond the family’s understanding. Elena (Derbez), whose failed relationship in Season One was major catalyst for the issues leading up to the finale, has found new worth in her career as an architect, but has also joined somewhat of a cult herself–a sex addicts support group.
As I have mentioned before, La Casa de las Flores is a turning point for modern-day Mexican television. It features non-traditional characters and dives deeply into sexuality, gender identity, and dysfunctional families. Julián (Bernal) and his sexuality become more of a topic of conversation in this next installment of LCDLF. Julián is secretly still shacking up with the Diego while his girlfriend secretly awaits their first child. To add more drama into the mix, Julián has become an escort to make ends meet. Not knocking sex work here at all, just sharing how important it is to celebrate how far Mexico has come in terms of the narratives they are telling.
The show’s creator, Manolo Caro, continues to do a phenomenal job of portraying an upper class family who has fallen on hard times and is facing major reality checks—all with comic relief and characters we can empathize with.
Season 2 of La Casa de las Flores (The House of Flowers) is out now on Netflix!