‘Sounds Like Love’ (originlly ‘Fuimos Canciones’) is a Spanish movie in direction by Juana Macías. It was released on Netflix in September 2021. Just when I saw its teaser, I knew I needed to give it a chance. After watching a few other Spanish-language productions, I fell in love with them. I didn’t expect the movie to beat my favourite one, ‘How To Get Over a Breakup’ (directed by: Bruno Ascenzo and Joanna Lombardi), but it didn’t go even close to being on par with it. (Check: ‘Movies you need to watch if going through a break-up‘)
Maca (María Valverde) is a marketing assistant for one of the most known influencers in Spain. She tries to get her life together after a heartbreak. Even though she tries to convince her friends she’s moved on, we all know it’s not true. The first scene with her current sexual partner shows us that we are right. The girl panics hearing a song that reminds her of her ex-boyfriend.
Her strategy is to completely dissociate herself from feelings for men and serious relationships with them. Being in her friend’s wedding salon, Maca assures a client that her man isn’t worth her and that she can easily do better without him. While I believe it myself that if someone prefers to be alone, they don’t need a partner regardless of their gender, I begin to understand why we often encounter men laughing at the words ‘strong, independent woman.’
The main storyline of ‘Sounds Like Love’ comes up when a woman accidentally meets her ex-partner. We have already written black on white that, unfortunately, she didn’t cure herself of her old love. While probably each of us can relate, I don’t think many of us have gone so far as Maca did.
Leo (Álex González) returns to Madrid to be a lecturer at the university and is also dating his ex-girlfriend’s friend. I don’t in any way justify the horrible way he treated Macarena, but her behavior is beyond any normal threshold.
During his lecture, Leo speaks aloud that love was sometimes described as a mental disease for women in the past. Unfortunately, Maca wants to make his life difficult at all costs and shows up at his classes. She immediately starts a loud debate and reduces his words to sexism. The rest of the students pound her. Once again, the film shows the stereotypical model of a feminist. A femienist who can bring everything down to the level of sexism and mistreatment. Once again, we ‘prove’ to others that they are correct to perceive them as crazy and unbalanced. After all, feminism isn’t about arguing over the artists’ view of society from two hundred years ago, but more about the present and future. There is certainly little that we can achieve in this way.
Their game is about to begin, and they do their best to hurt each other and destroy another part of each other’s lives. It’s all just to finally get back together and become a couple again. The terrible fact is that Leo has left his relationship with a woman who decides to help Macarena find a new job. Their relationship, and the effect of Maca’s and Leo’s relationship with her relationship with Raquel, is never mentioned later.
Why is Maca looking for a new job? Well, her current boss is at least unbearable and doesn’t respect her as a human being. Of course, there is no better way to portray an influencer than as a soulless person who cannot see the world outside of her nose. Pipa (Miri Pérez-Cabrero) is another example of the stereotype in the ‘Sounds Like Love.’ She is a spoiled celebrity who can’t even pack her suitcase, and all her responsibilities fall on her assistant. No, my dear, it doesn’t look like this. Although I don’t have to deal with influencers personally, I’m sure that they’re the same people as we are and that not many of them believe to be better than others.
The best part of the movie is the friends of the main character and their unbreakable friendship. In their own way, both are unique and lost in life. I wouldn’t be able to watch this movie without them. Jimena (Elisabet Casanovas) is one of those people who undoubtedly need a therapist. Yet, somehow, her problems don’t seem to bother her at all. Believing in reincarnation, she is looking for a “new” partner. She believes that he will be a new incarnation of her beloved, who has died.
On the other hand, Adriana (Susana Abaitua) is in a marriage in which the sexual zone doesn’tt bring her any pleasure. Of course, during the attempted threesome, it turns out that Adriana is more interested in women than in men. She hides it for a long time, lives in denial, and even starts trying for a baby with her current partner.
Last but not least, the most annoying thing the creators could do were times when the main character was randomly talking to the camera. Sure, it’s fun to hear her thoughts, but you can do it in many other ways than by pausing the scene and weaving the protagonist’s statements into it. Couldn’t they just use a voiceover or make her write a diary? It would be much better, I swear.
In conclusion, ‘Sounds Like Love’ didn’t meet my expectations but only aroused my anger and disappointment. This is another production that portrays women as emotionally unstable, crazy, or soulless. (Read: ‘When men write female characters’) The main character is naive and blindly follows the man who left her without explanation before. Getting a great job offer in Paris, she starts convincing herself that working for Pipa isn’t all that bad. Why? Because she finally regained the love of her life, so the rest doesn’t matter anymore. Thankfully, she realizes at the end, that she needs to put herself first.
I must admit, however, that the actors did quite well and played their roles great. For example, I remember Marie Velverde in the movie “Three meters above the sky.” (Directed by: Fernando González Molina) In some romantic scenes, she reminded me of the character she played there, but in this case, they were two different personalities, and she did a great job playing both of them.