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Kiki, Love to Love ("Kiki, El Amor Se Hace")

Canadian Premiere
  • Spain
  • 2016
  • 102 mins
  • DCP
  • Spanish
  • English (subtitles)

“Sexy, daring, transgressive, brightly colored and often very funny” - Jonathan Holland, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

KIK Love To Love from Festival Fantasia on Vimeo.

Under the smoldering sun of Madrid, five love stories unfold, five tales of men and women discovering some very unorthodox sexual practices. Natalia confesses to her boyfriend Alex that she’d had an orgasm while held hostage. Ana and Paco decide to visit a swingers’ club, to reignite their passion for each other. Maria realizes that she’s turned on by people weeping. Sanda has an obsession with anything silken. And there’s Jose, whose ardour awakens when his wife goes to sleep. For our five protagonists, no pleasure is off-limits, whatever shape it may take.

Paco León serves up a sizzling cinematic platter — audacious, transgressive, vibrant and often hilarious, recalling at times the early efforts of Pedro Almodóvar. While León might be inspired by Australian director Josh Lawson’s THE LITTLE DEATH, his results are very different. KIKI, LOVE TO LOVE is more than simply an erotic comedy. While certainly rich in laughs, it’s also a critique of what’s regarded as “normal” in our society, and how quickly those judged to be different are marginalized. With its lively and dynamic camerawork, smart scenario and spicy dialogue, KIKI, LOVE TO LOVE is without a doubt among the best comedies of recent years, for which León was able to coax wonderfully natural performances out of a cast that includes Alex Garcia, Ana Katz, Luis Bermejo and Natalia de Molina. León’s film blew up at the box office in Spain and seduced millions — and schooled them in the details of dirty dabblings like harpaxophilia, polyamory, dacryphilia, eliphilia and somnophilia!

— Éric S. Boisvert