7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
it's just a thang between the guys,
This review is from: The Sex of Angels [DVD] (DVD)
The Sex Of Angels had me starting all over again as soon as the (very good) final credit sequence had ended, even though it isn't all that good if you start to think about it properly. It's one of those films where the characters are all very beautiful, live in beautiful spacious flats in the nicest streets imaginable while being students (very ill-defined in this regard) with minimal background, so that it can focus on minutiae of emotional and sexual feeling, none of which is all that convincing anyway. In any individual scene the dialogue simply doesn't sound plausible. When you put it next to the great films on the menage-a-trois theme - Jules et Jim, Sunday Bloody Sunday or Cesar et Rosalie - it just can't compare. Nevertheless a part of me wants to find good things in it - the fact that the gay element is very present in feeling and sexually charged even if less explicit than the straight encounters, and the fact that its silliness makes it unintentionally comic, but not so much that its romantic pull disappears. Initially a "love thang" between the guys, it has absurd sequences where they start breakdancing in the flat. Rai is a breakdancer, of course, but Bruno isn't, and he seems a little awkward as he starts making the moves with his new friend. They are out of control, then Bruno's girlfriend finds out but eventually she gets caught up in the confusion, tears and kissing - all in those luxury flats. One of them is lent to the oh-so-free breakdancer (Rai) on behalf of a couple who are away, and who come back and bond with him instantly so he stays on - it's also a very nice flat with enough room for him to stay on in the spare bedroom in any case - until he upsets the girlfriend (Carla), who they work with, at which point he has to go. He is a mean breakdancer and very sexy indeed; the dancing sequences are brilliant. Carla is also very hot, even if she has an irritating habit of acting a break in the voice whenever she is upset or emotional, which happens quite a lot. Bruno is also very attractive, with a sort of innocent vulnerability. The magnetic charm of the trio makes you not bother too much with the rest, and the camera also glides around in a very hip manner in widescreen. I think the problem is that it's based on an idea and the way the plot is worked out is grafted onto a blueprint for a film, rather than following human behaviour. It's like a frothy cappuccino that turns out to have about a centimetre of actual coffee at the bottom. But I'm going to go on saying I like it anyway - if looking at those faces on the box makes you want to escape from reality then you need to open and insert - nuff said.
PS The soundtrack is recorded at too low a volume even on full on my computer - on a DVD player it may be possible to offset it better.