“Fragments of Love”
Twisted and Erotic
Fernando Vallejo’s twisted and erotic “Fragments of Love” follows perfectionist composer Rodrigo’s (Jose Angel Bichir) new obsession with the mysterious Susana (Angelica Blandon). The two begin a torrid love affair as Susanna opens up and tells Rodrigo stories of sexual encounters with her past lovers. Rodrigo becomes both artistically inspired and romantically tormented by Susana’s stories but we see that they are the least of Susana’s dark secrets.
Their romance is passionate and it unites Susana and Rodrigo. They never seem to leave Susana’s apartment and while Rodrigo is reluctant to hear Susana’s stories at first, he soon becomes involved in helping her relive her sexual past. lovers live a boundless passion cocooned in Susana’s apartment. Every night, Susana opens up and tells Rodrigo a story about her sexual encounters with past lovers. Reluctant to hear the stories at first, Rodrigo will soon let go and together they will relive each and every one of Susana’s sensual memories.
The film is based on Colombian novelist Héctor Abad Faciolince’s novel “Fragments of Furtive Love” which in turn was inspired by “A Thousand and One Nights”. This is really a film about charged erotic tale of seduction and destruction. Rodrigo is a composer who is still grieving the loss of his wife who was also his muse. Since her death he has not been able to write music. Susana tries to help unlock his creative block by telling him about her past loves, in great and titillating detail. Her stories inspire the greatest pieces of his career and he is soon hooked on hearing them. For Susana, these stories have a purpose as well— they provide a shelter from the street violence of the outside world.
Rodrigo’s fascination leads him to blur the lines between fantasy and reality, and his obsession with Susana’s stories turns to jealousy that threatens to tear him and the lovers apart. Blandón and Bichir turn in amazing performances.