Bruno (Llorenc Gonzalez) is happy in his relationship with girlfriend Carla (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) with the two planning to spend the rest of their lives together. A chance introduction to fellow dancer Rai (Alvaro Cervantes) following a mugging finds Bruno starting to fall for him. The two men soon embark on a sexual relationship leaving Carla devastated. Desperately in love with Bruno she tries to keep an open mind about her boyfriend’s new boyfriend but soon she starts to discover feelings of her own thrusting her into the centre of a very messy love triangle.
The Sex of Angels is co-written and directed by Xavier Villaverde and is an exploration of bisexuality and polyamory. The story refuses to give in and make Bruno a man struggling with his sexuality. All too often in films of this nature, the male lead is battling with his true sexuality or in love with the straight man with no chance of anything much ever really happening. That simply isn’t the case here. Bruno is in love with Carla and he’s also in love with Rai. He desires them both and whilst he can’t understand his feelings for Rai to begin with he soon accepts that he’s sexually attracted to him. There’s a great scene between Bruno and Carla where he tries to verbalise how he feels assuring her that the situation is about his feelings for Rai as a person and not his feelings towards men in general.
There’s something incredibly modern about the way Villaverde depicts the love triangle captured in the film. Whilst each of the three characters struggles to deal with the situation, they all try to approach it with an open mind and the results turn out to be very surprising. We won’t give too much away otherwise we’ll spoil the film but the way the story unfolds is beautiful.
Credit must go to the film’s three leads. Llorenc Gonzalez, Astrid Berges-Frisbey and Alvaro Cervantes are all ridiculously talented, and ridiculously hot. It’s not surprise that the three characters they play would be attracted to one another; we fancied the lot of them! The chemistry between all three is sizzling with Cervantes standing out as the object of lust in the situation. He’s so handsome and beautiful that you forgive any part he has to play in getting between Bruno and Carla. Gonzalez and Berges-Frisbey work fantastically together and have some of the best scenes in the movie.
Passionate and thought-provoking, The Sex of Angels explores the boundaries of love when you challenge convention. The film doesn’t glorify, or frown upon, polyamory; it simply depicts a situation where it becomes possible and deals with the consequences. Villaverde doesn’t push you into feeling one way or another, instead leaving you to make up your own mind about Bruno, Carla and Rai’s situation. The Sex of Angels is a wonderful film and one that is ripe for a Hollywood remake in years to come.