‘Until Life Do Us Part’ Ending, Explained: Do Rita and Marco Keep The Paixao Villa?

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“Until Life Do Us Part” Season 1 is a romantic drama series set in Portugal that follows three generations of a Portuguese family as they try to deal with the challenges in their lives. When we watch a show like this, it makes us think about our nuclear family dynamics. “Until Life Do Us Part” introduces “Days of Passion,” a wedding planning company owned and operated by Vanessa Paixao and her husband Daniel, as well as their children, Marco, an in-the-closet asexual, and Rita, a video editor for the upcoming bride and groom. This initiative will determine whether Vanessa and Daniel remain in the villa and work together in the future.


“Until Life Do Us Part” Plot Summary: Who and What is ‘Days of Passion’?

Vanessa is a well-known wedding planner at the Paixao Villa, which is located in a tiny Portuguese village. Daniel, her spouse, is a struggling photographer who comes from an affluent family. Daniel’s parents are millionaires, and when he claimed he wanted to marry Vanessa because she was pregnant, they chose to give him the villa. Daniel and Vanessa are no longer together in the present day. They have two lovely children: Marco, a sociology scholar, and Rita, a redhead who interviews couples about to get married and shoots videos of them to advertise the business. Vanessa is a well-known wedding planner at the Paixao Villa, which is located in a tiny Portuguese village. Daniel, her spouse, is a struggling photographer who comes from an affluent family. Daniel’s parents are millionaires, and when he claimed he wanted to marry Vanessa because she was pregnant, they chose to give him the villa. Daniel and Vanessa are no longer together in the present day. 

The Paixaos live in this villa, which also serves as a wedding site for prospective couples. As the family struggles to pay the hiked rent to Daniel’s affluent parents for the villa, the wedding planning business that Daniel and Vanessa run in the villa begins to show indications of insolvency. Vanessa is going through menopause, which is making her delusional and forcing her into alternate realities when she gets a hot flash. Vasco, a college friend of Daniel’s, owns a prestigious gallery and has been Vanessa’s lover even before she got married to Daniel.

Vanessa’s parents share the villa with her, the kids, and Daniel. Vanessa’s father, Joaquim Paixao, is a famed boxer who was known as The Tiger of Raia. Joaquim says that his first meeting with Luisa was “Love at First Death Threat.” In the year 1968, he was fleeing a police checkpoint to seek refuge in a villa, and Luisa held a gun to the back of his head with extreme caution. With time, they grew closer. Vanessa has a sister, Natalia, who is planning her third wedding, which will bring the entire family together to celebrate and mourn a major demise.

Daniel keeps asking Vanessa whether their marriage can succeed amidst the many high-profile guests seeking to be married at this property. Vasco’s constant presence in Vanessa’s life becomes the root cause of the uncertainty. 


‘Until Life Do Us Part’ Season 1 Ending Explained

Joaquim Paixao and his wife, Luisa, have a special bond. Luisa is losing her memories and steadily drifting away with realities only she understands, despite their intimacy and closeness. As he speaks with a doctor, Joaquim realizes he may lose her. The Alzheimer’s disease becomes more aggressive, and Joaquim realizes Luisa’s death is approaching. The renowned Tiger of Raia takes his final powerful swig of wine and passes away, struggling with the reality that he may lose his true love. He abandons the beloved Red truck he was refurbishing after it got heavily damaged in an accident. This makes Daniel’s insides shatter since his father-in-law taught him the one thing he knew that could help him relax. Daniel was trained to box by him. Daniel took up a contact sport to help him cope with stress and despair.

Luisa soon begins to see things clearly and becomes extremely lucid as a result of her husband’s death. She tells Daniel that he must sell the red Vintage truck to his long-time supporter, who employs him as a gallery photographer. Because both Vanessa and Daniel are struggling, this money would be utilized to pay for Joaquim’s funeral expenses. Luisa pours two glasses of powerful liquor and takes her last swig shortly after her husband’s death, as is customary, and then passes away.

Rita has a police officer for a boyfriend. When a footballer at the Villa decides to marry an influencer, they meet for the first time. She realizes he is her rock after spending enough time with him. And he accepts it, becoming a member of their family. Marco is a Sociology Ph.D. who is in the closet about his sexuality, but comes to grips with it when a specific boy from the virtual world of a website decides to courageously come to the villa for a certain wedding.

Natalia, Vanessa’s sister, is about to marry her third husband, so Joaquim gives her one more dance and Natalia sees him for the last time. The family gathers for both funerals, creating the ideal union. Vanessa comes to terms with her feelings for Daniel and decides to end the marriage by accepting the idea of divorce. Rita and Marco decide to separate the pair with Vanessa traveling to India for a month. Vasco is confronted by Daniel about his secret relationship with Vanessa. Vasco decides to conduct an exhibition of Daniel’s images at his prominent gallery after being confronted with the truth.

Finally, Rita and Marco decide to approach Daniels’ parents and propose that they handle the villa, as well as accounts and events, without their lawyer hovering over them. This proposition astounds Daniel’s parents, but they agree because the land is still in their name. Rita sets up a meeting with the lady who previously brought the show ‘Love thy Neighbor’ (which selects the perfect marital match for any gender of a spinster) to their property in order to help advertise the villa and keep the business alive. Rita imagines her grandparents waving to her from next to the red Vintage truck during the conference and concludes that this is the wisest course of action.


In Conclusion

Season 1 of “Until Life Do Us Part” reminds us that the intriguing title is about living a life worth cherishing while alive. The season finishes with the question of whether the children can save the wedding planner business. We wonder if we’ll see more of the Paixao family in the future, while also paying tribute to the time spent witnessing the dynamic backgrounds from which these individuals emerge. The series strikes the perfect mix between plot and character development, and it is well-paced enough to keep you captivated and involved throughout.

With catchy dialogues and a highly liberal outlook on life, director Manuel Pureza leads us through a frenzy of family relationships, watching each character’s inner issues come to life in an oddly sympathetic way. “Until Life Do Us Part” features a quirky dialogue style and a unique sense of humor, making it a must-see as well as a highly recommended series to watch.


“Until Life Do Us Part” is a 2022 Portuguese Drama Series directed by Manuel Pureza. Season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix.

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Anushka is a Storyteller and a Painter. She is still looking for a silver lining in any situation and figuring how innovative she can be to make the world a better place. Charisma and mystery with a spark of genius. A true Believer that films are our strongest power yet, for change.

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