Las Camelias is the timeless love story inspired by the classic novel “The Lady of the Camellias” by Alexandre Dumas retold as a Caribbean tale. This time around, the story takes place during a global pandemic. Denise Quiñones is powerfully bewitching as the legendary Margarita Gautier, daughter, sister, friend, dancer, seductress, prostitute. Men woo her and fall in love, but she gave her heart to one. Leading man, Xavier Morales, as Armando, falls deeply in love and risks everything to be with her. Though the two escape, their love is interrupted by his father, who prohibits it to protect the family’s honor. The rest is literary history, audiences have never gotten over Margarita Gautier’s death and the loss of a great love.
Puerto Rican director Paloma Suau captures the passion and tragicomedy of the human condition with her leading couple. She brings to life a seductive nightlife world in Las Camelias. And combined, the characters play with humor and candor the egregiousness of agism, discrimination, rejection, classism, sexual exploitation, and LGBTQIA+ exclusion from mainstream society.
Director – Paloma Suau