“Romeu & Romeu”
From the title here, we immediately understand that we are getting a new take oh Shakespeare’s classic “Romeo and Juliet”. Right away in this new series from Brazil, we see that the Monteiro and Campelo families live in the shadow of a crime committed in the past. Then when chance puts Ramon and Rômulo face to face, hatred turns into an unlikely love that can hurt parents, siblings, friends, and even themselves.
The rivalry between the two families is an open situation in the city of Verona whose residents are constantly reminded by fights between the families.
“Romeu & Romeu” follows some of the patterns of the original version but this new version of the story is set in the present and under the shadow of a crime that separated the two families in the past.
Romeo and Juliet become Romulo (Arthur Chermont) and Ramon (João Mesquita) whose personalities are composites of the original Romeo and Juliet. Something new that we did not get from Shakespeare is Parkinson’s Disease as Romulo shows day-to-day living with it and dealing with the prejudice and lack of understanding that most people. The series is made up of six episodes that are summarized below.
Episode One—The Monteiro and Campelo families live in the shadow of a crime committed in the past. Their rivalry, already known throughout the city of South Verona, remains constant due to the frequent fights between the families. But when chance puts Ramon Monteiro and Rômulo Campelo face to face, hatred turns into an unlikely love that can hurt parents, siblings, friends, and even themselves.
Episode Two— Ramon and Romulo spend the night together at the ball and find a strange attraction between them. The internal tensions of each family begin to appear when the youngsters reveal their dreams.
Episode Three— Samuel calls his uncle Paul to help the Monteiros accept Ramon’s career, but he reveals he is gay, worsening the situation. Romulo conflicts with his overprotective family. The boys have each other as a single support.
Episode Four— Ramon reveals the secret between both families to Rômulo, and the two end up fighting. Tensions between families grow, and Ramon has to make a difficult decision that can change his life forever.
Episode Five— Rômulo and Ramon finally decides to live their love. However, with the truth out, Ramon decides to stop hiding himself and tell the truth to those he trusts.
Episode Six— The protagonists find comfort from some family and friends, but a romantic dinner between Ramon and Rômulo could end tragically when the wrong people discover their romance.