What is it about South American telenovelas and happy endings? I don’t know, but I like it. This week’s happy ending project takes us to Argentina for the third time as the telenovela “Las Estrellas” reaches its conclusion on January 19th. The show is about the lives and loves of the Estrella sisters: five women from different mothers who find out on the death of their father that in order to access their inheritance, they must run a boutique hotel together for a year. The set-up for the show is small-scale: almost everything happens within the Estrella Hotel: the sisters fight with each other in and about the hotel, some of them date the hotel staff, live in the hotel, etc.
“Flozmin” is the pairing Florencia Estrella (Violeta Urtizberea) and hotel cook, Jazmín del Río (Julieta Nair Calvo). (Trivia: Flor’s sister Carla Estrella is played by Natalie Pérez, who was one half of another Happy Ending Project pairing, Augusleria. Her hair is slightly less flamboyantly fabulous on this show, but she herself is even prettier.) As one of the five major storylines in the telenovela, Flozmin, which has a highly vocal international fan base, tallies the most kisses for a same-sex female pairing probably ever on TV. Below are a few of the highs and lows that I, personally, found for the pairing, and I leave the rest to viewers to find for themselves!
Overall grade: A-.
Flozmin is a very popular pairing, and most viewers are likely to enjoy the bubbly couple. They have tons of screen time, are involved in multiple storylines, and have a light, loving, playful relationship. That said, I, personally, felt that there is what I might call a “Too Good to be True” problem, which is as follows: in many ways the interpersonal relationships in Flor’s life seem to always end in the best case scenario.
Her boyfriend Daniel loves her and treats her well (then after she leaves him at the altar, he eventually forgives her and is a friend), and Jazmin adores her and supports her basically every step of the way both before they start dating and after. Virginia and Miranda find out about Flor and Jazmin and are supportive. Even after Flor’s mom is initially negative, she immediately comes around.
Flor and Jazmin see a girl singing on the street who kind of looks like Jazmin, and it turns out that she’s an orphan with a sister who kind of looks like Flor. Jazmin and Flor, who have just moved in together, decide to adopt these serendipitously found mini-mes, both of whom are like, “Lesbian moms?! OMG Santa really did read my Christmas list this year!” While none of these things are impossible…okay, no, the kids were a bit much. They lost me at the kids. Overall, this might be one of TV’s happiest lesbian couples, I just wish they’d shown Flor as slightly more independent and capable.