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Is 'Sounds Like Love' One Of Netflix's Best Bets For A Rom-Com?

Sounds Like Love Fuimos canciones Álex Gonzålez Leo María Valverde Maca Netflix
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Love, romance, Spain, what is not to love? Not much of anything. “Sounds Like Love” is one of the better movies streaming on Netflix, which is really saying something. I am not sure you are aware of this or not, but there is a lot to choose from on the popular platform. Just kidding, I know you know.

Hence, it is impressive that “Sounds Like Love” (“Fuimos Canciones” in Spain/“We Were Songs” in English) has not gotten lost in the Netflix shuffle. It has been more than a minute since yours truly first imbibed in the romantic comedy, and we know I love them. Based on ElĂ­sabet Benavent’s novel “Canciones y Recuerdos” (in English “Songs and Memories”), the 2021 film tells the story of Maca and her two best friends.

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Maca (MarĂ­a Valverde) is a personal assistant for an online influencer, still dealing with the emotional fallout of a bad breakup. You see, years ago, Maca got dumped suddenly by her ex-boyfriend, Leo (Álex GonzĂĄlez, “Unauthorized Living”). Maca has not had a “serious” relationship since she and Leo split, and her friends have tried to help her through it.

One day, out of the clear blue sky, Leo comes back into Maca’s life, and her friends try to pick up the pieces. Jimena and Pipa’s lives are every bit as interesting as Maca’s, firming up “Sounds Like Love” three-fold. Not since “Sex and the City” have the adventures of a group of female friends interested this Netflix viewer more.

Jimena (Elisabet Casanovas) is searching for the reincarnation of the boyfriend she lost in a tragic accident. Meanwhile, Jimena and Maca’s friend Pipa (Miri PĂ©rez-Cabrero) is working her way through a rough patch in her marriage. In truth, it has not ever been fulfilling, and Pipa is on the verge of discovering why that is.

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So, as you can see, “Sounds Like Love” has a lot of moving parts that keep it intriguing and fun, thanks to the terrific fuel of its script. The whimsical direction of helmer Juana MacĂ­as only adds to the allure of this enchanting tale of love, heartbreak, and what it means to find happiness on your terms.

The performances from the trio of main stars (MarĂ­a Valverde, Elisabet Casanovas, Miri PĂ©rez-Cabrero) bolster the film. Their individual sparkle helps the movie shine. As Maca’s inescapable ex, Álex GonzĂĄlez’s charisma -- so firmly on display during “Unauthorized Living” -- helps sell the audience on the audacious suggestion that Leo could still have a hold on Maca.

“Sounds Like Love” also benefits from a captivating musical score, which includes a fantastic sequence driven by Lord Huron’s “The Night We Met.” (It is an all-time personal favorite.) The execution of the scene is brilliantly unique and oddly moving. All told, if you are looking for a wonderful Saturday movie, this Spanish flick is a best Netflix bet.

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