Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Sex of the Angels (El sexo de los ángeles)

The Sex of the Angels details the story of Bruno (Llorenç González), an architecture student, who has a girlfriend, Carla (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) a photographer who works for an independent fashion magazine which is struggling. Living in Barcelona and struggling to make a living, martial artist and dancer Bruno loves Carla, but then meets Rai (Álvaro Cervantes), a fellow dancer for whom he develops feelings. Rai is unconventional, lives in a squat and dances in the streets. They meet when Rai saves him from a violent mugging. He begins to question his sexuality and starts a relationship with Rai.

Carla despises her father for his philandering ways and criticizes her mother for tolerating it. When Carla finds out about Bruno’s secret meetings with Rai, she is confused and hurt and her normally liberal views are challenged. Upset, she throws him out initially, but then realizes she doesn’t want to give up on their relationship. In the end, realizing that when you love someone, you want their happiness above all else, she agrees that Bruno can see them both as long as his two lives are kept separate.

The Sex of the Angels

Critics

“Passionate and thought-provoking, The Sex of Angels explores the boundaries of love when you challenge convention.”
   Pip Ellwood, Entertainment Focus

“The emotional ups and downs of this film being dramatic, it would be easy to lose patience with the characters, but strong acting keeps us with them. Bergès-Frisbey is extraordinary, combining fierce expressiveness with heartbreaking fragility.”
Jennie Kermode, Eye For Film

Did You Know?

Featuring a lot of sex scenes the director and actors rehearsed by watching the American series Tell Me You Love Me, to convey authentic scenes. The Sex of the Angels is director Xavier Villaverde’s fourth film and a nine year wait for film fans. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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