Manolo Caro Says 'Perfect Strangers' And 'The House of Flowers' Exist In Same Universe

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Manolo Caro says there are no coincidences in this world, and even more so in the universe he has been creating since the release of 2013's I Don't Know Whether to Slit My Wrists or Leave Them Long.

The creator of the extremely popular streaming series The House of Flowers recently released Perfect Strangers (Perfectos Desconocidos) in theaters, his adaptation of Italy's Perfetti Sconosciuti--- a film about a group of friends who discover hidden secrets about each other during a party game held during a dinner party.

Caro admits that his three biggest projects exist in the same universe and if you pay close attention, you might be able to see the invisible links where the story could connect. While watching Perfect Strangers, focus on Bruno Bichir's character Alonso.

"The other day I was chatting with Bruno about Alonso's home neighboring the De La Mora home from The House of Flowers," Caro told " You know, they exist in the same universe. All involved are very exposed and living in this moment of catharsis that we as humans experience during our lifetimes.

I love linking my projects together, imagining them existing in the same universe. If you watch my first film No Se Si Cortarme Las Venas o Dejarmelas Largas, Lucas could be the long lost son of Virginia La Mora from La Casa De Las Flores.

This is how I’ve evolved my style and I’ll keep it going. Remember that nothing in this world is a coincidence."

Both Bichir and fellow co-star Manuel Garcia-Rulfo consider themselves fans of the popular Netflix series and hope Caro will invite them to play in that universe soon. Their director is very open to that possibility.

"Manu and I are the best of friends and we have known each other since we were young, he explained. "We went to school together. People on set say that he and I fight as if we were family, and the truth is that we really are.

Bruno is also a tremendous talent and I always dreamed of working with him. I would love to see them both appear on The House of Flowers. 

I know they both say they’d love to be but let’s see if they really make time for it. I would love for them to do cameos on the series."

Until that happens, fans need to run to theaters right now and support this fantastic film that challenges the boundaries of friendship and opens up conversations about second chances.

"The script is written as something that took place under the magic and mysticism of a lunar eclipse. So I agree with Bruno and Manu who say this is a story about redemption and second chances. After the end of the film, every character has the chance to fix what has gone wrong or carry on living with the paths they’ve chosen."