The Javis are directors loved and hated almost equally. While their work is impeccable—with “Paquita Salas,” “Veneno,” and “La Llamada” being three of the most acclaimed cultural products of recent times in Spain—their television appearances don’t quite satisfy their audience. However, what’s clear is that they are two of the most important filmmakers in our country, and their latest series proves this above all else.
“La Mesías” is an original series by Movistar Plus that premiered last October 11th. Over this past month, we received a new episode of the show each week, and it has finally reached its conclusion. However, this conclusion of the first season has only confirmed what many critics were praising: if it’s not the best, it’s certainly one of the best series in the history of our country.
The story of the Flos Mariae, turned into a series
“La Mesías” tells the story of Enric and Irene, two young individuals who endure a harsh childhood due to their mother, Montserrat. As a young single mother who has suffered abuse, Montserrat does her best to raise her children happily but eventually falls into prostitution and later joins a religious sect, eventually becoming its leader.
As adults with lingering traumas, Enric and Irene discover that their younger sisters have become internet sensations for videos where they sing to God. In an attempt to rescue them from the seclusion they are in, they embark on a journey that also helps them confront and overcome their own past.
The story of “La Mesías” is largely based on that of the Flos Mariae, a music group that went viral in the 2000s with songs that made them the laughingstock of the internet. Although they are still active, the cruelty behind this story led the Javis to want to turn their drama into a series that, to this day, has no comparison.
With a star-studded cast featuring actresses like Macarena García, Lola Dueñas, Ana Rujas, and Carmen Machi, alongside other actors like Roger Casamajor and Albert Pla, the series has firmly placed the Javis at the top of Spanish cinema and television.