In Altos de la Cascada, an exclusive area of Mexico, there is so much wealth, luxury and privilege that some residents arrive by helicopter, give homes to their wives, luxury watches to their friends and contemplate plastic surgery for their growing children.
Apparently they have it all, but the miniseries Las Viudas de los Jueves, which premieres September 14 on Netflix, looks at its protagonists neither with admiration nor with envy, instead offering a complex look at the upper class to find the most vulnerable of these families.
“The show doesn’t glorify these characters; they’re not ambitious, and you can see how broken they are. We all try to portray them in the most human way possible, with virtues and flaws, not as caricatures. Whoever is going to judge them is “public,” actress Sofa Sisniega, who plays Carla Maldonado, said in an interview.
This, the protagonists agree, is necessary to understand how they got to the point where the story begins, with the deaths of the seemingly successful Tano Scaglia (Omar Chaparro) and two of his friends.
To solve the tragedy, Mavi Guevara (Cassandra Ciangherotti), who assumes she knows everything about everyone, becomes the narrator of the story, unveiling mysteries surrounding her group of friends who consider themselves widows on Thursdays because they decide to go out for fun without their husbands.
The six chapters adapt the 2005 novel by Argentinian Claudia Pieiro to the current situation in Mexico. The context of this story was the economic crisis that, in the eyes of director Humberto Hinojosa, all of Latin America is living with.
“We have always lived in a crisis. The great thing was being able to locate each family’s crisis as they all somehow tried to fake or cover the deficits. Ultimately, everyone has very human values and concerns, whether they have a lot of money or not
“Although these are characters who are deplorable on the first cover or who might be automatically dismissed, once you know their context and understand that what governs them is their love or interpretation of love, you connect and begin to understand. No more judging, but “just look at the other to understand and respect them,” Hinojosa explained.
Each actor tried to understand the wounds of the person he was playing: Zuria Vega, for example, felt tenderness for her role, Mariana, because she understands that she can only exist in the world passive-aggressively; Chaparro knows that Tano even puts a gun in his mouth for not abandoning his wife.
“My work has never been about looking for imperfections and weaknesses, but rather the desire that drives this woman’s life. Beto told me that my character’s children are another accessory in her life. There are mothers who have done that too.”Kids say, ‘Look how perfect my life is,’” explained Irene Azuela, who plays Teresa Scaglia.
“They are even more vulnerable as they haven’t had any real problems in their daily lives since they were little. When they suffer a setback, which is commonplace in other social classes, they don’t know how to deal with it and make very unfortunate decisions,” added Alfonso Bassave (Gustavo Maldonado in fiction).