Xavier Villaverde Angels Of Sex (El sexo de los ángeles) What does love mean? One of the world’s most complicated questions, and emotional to interpret. Maybe we aren’t asking the right question and thereby will never find the correct answer. Love is very difficult to explain and more often not, life would be very difficult without it. Perhaps El sexo de los ángeles may help with finding an answer. If you were looking or interested in a film featuring an subtle exploration of love–-and sexuality, then you have found it.
Bruno (Llorenç González) and his girlfriend Carla (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) are an attractive young couple who seem to be getting along pretty well that is until they meet up with an attractive karate instructor/street dancer named Rai (Álvaro Cervantes). Rai has an unconditional approach to his relationships–he favors being an adept seducer who frequently detaches himself from his pursuits as soon as he becomes bored with the hunt. This time he finds himself in a bit of difficulty. He meets Bruno, seduces him, and they enter into a passionate back and forth that goes unnoticed by Bruno’s girlfriend, Carla, a photographer, which is occupied with her co-workers trying to land an exclusive interview with a celebrity that just might save their failing publication.
When Carla finally discovers the relationship between Bruno and Rai, of course, she is mad–but she is also curious. When she probes into the homosexual relationship that is going on with her boyfriend–and suggests that the choice be made between her and Rai–he is reluctant. Rai provides Bruno with a unique freedom and air of happiness that he did not find in the ordinary construct of a monogamous, and mundane relationship he believes that he shares with Carla. Carla, after much soul searching, decides that she loves Bruno and want for his happiness. She establishes a friendship with Rai, and she too falls for him.
These eventual ménage à trios teem with youthful exploration and naivety that renders this film unbelievable at some points. Imagine how exhaustive this experience must be to accept the one you love, is also in love with someone else. Something the “man in the middle,” Rai, all too soon realizes.
There are other distractions to the tumultuous relationship between the young trio that involves Carla’s boss and her inability to find a stable relationship; and the unstable relationship between Carla’s mother and father. Her mother is in denial that her husband has been seeing another–younger woman for years while she waits for him at home, sipping whiskey and taking anti-depressives. Does this mean that to be made happy by love is through some order of grief?
Director Xavier Villaverde and writer Ana Maroto present an evocative set of circumstances and challenges as to what love means. The answer may be that love transcends judgment. The film reinforces that love, in all its sincerity or complications, should flourish. I admire how Bruno, Carla, and Rai were able to embrace love in totality, and live life without fear and prejudice.
Overall, the idea for Angels Of Sex may seem overly clichéd in that it doesn’t provide enough conflict with the primary relationship between Carla and Bruno; and I admired that the film didn’t try to impose any sexual taboos and merely goes with the flow.