Netflix released The House of Flowers: The Movie as a spinoff of the Mexican series of The House of Flowers. It is directed by Manolo Caro, the creator of the show. The movie revolves around the three De La Mora siblings, Paulina played by Cecilia Suárez, Elena played by Aislinn Derbez, and Julian played by Darío Yazbek Bernal, who plan to seek out a hidden treasure in their old family home.
The House of Flowers: The Movie starts with a flashback of young De La Mora siblings hiding a red box in an opening in a wall in their room. We are not shown what the box carries within it, but we do know that there is something of significant importance in it. The movie comes back to the present where the three siblings have grown up and have kids of their own.
In the present, Paulina, Elena, and Julian’s nanny Delia, who used to take care of them and comfort them when they were kids, is diagnosed with an illness. While on her deathbed she meets with Paulina and asks her to find the treasure that is hidden in the house. The House of Flowers: The Movie keeps on going back to the past to a time when the De La Mora parents, Virginia and Ernesto were alive.
The Past and The Present
The film shows another story brewing in the past while connecting it to the present. At first, it is confusing but the movie builds up the mystery beautifully. In the past, Virginia and Ernesto decide to go to the wedding of Virginia’s old lover with a plan to get revenge on Patricio’s killer, Virginia’s best friend.
As the story unfolds, you get to understand and make a connection between the parallels. The House of Flowers: The Movie continues with the present story where the De La Mora siblings plan to get the treasure but face a huge problem of the new owner of the house, who also bought everything that came within the house. The new owner does not allow the siblings to enter the house, let alone allow them to take anything.
In the movie, the flower shop owned by the De La Mora family is run by the cabaret. With their help, Paulina, Elena and Julian break into the house while a party is going on, in order to find the treasure. As you move forward with the story, you will be able to see many dots from the past that connect to the present.
Both the plans, of getting revenge and finding the treasure, are successful even though there were some variations in the plan. Virginia tapes the confession of her best friend’s real killer and hides it in the same red box that her kids hid in the opening in the wall. The De La Mora can find that red box and take it to Delia. The anticipation of what the treasure is might be over when we see Virginia hiding the tape but when the siblings play it they see that someone used it to record their childhood videos.
The House of Flowers: The Movie depicts that house at the end, it is always your family that is with you. For Delia, the real treasure was the memories of the childhood of the De La Mora siblings. They also find old paintings in that box. The build-up of the mysterious treasure leads to the family treasuring each other.
The screenplay of The House of Flowers: The Movie is quite interesting. Being a dark comedy series, the movie does not fail to deliver good laughs either. Cecilia Suárez’s slow-talking has become her trademark and suits her personality in the movie. It is a fun watch especially if you are looking for something light but, at the same time, amazing. The House of Flowers: The Movie also contains several LGBTQ characters and portrays homophobia and transphobia, though not as much as the director did in the series. You should definitely stream The House of Flowers: The Movie if you are looking for a sarcastic yet thoughtful watch at the same time.
You can watch The House of Flowers: The Movie on Netflix.