The Valencian director Vicente Villanueva reformulates the concept of monogamy and couple relationships through a new look at love affairs in his new comic film “The Game of the Keys”, which arrives in theaters this Wednesday with the aim of “entertain people and show a different concept of love”.
This classic comedy of entanglements is the film adaptation of the Mexican series of the same title created by Marisa Quiroga for Amazon Prime Video. The scriptwriter Marta Buchaca has been in charge of converting the eight chapters of the first season of this 2019 series into a 105-minute film with music composed by Nacho Mañó, also from Valencia.
It is a faithful version, but at the same time very different from the original fiction -Villanueva points out to Efe in an interview-. Our challenge is to take that script and make it our own, giving it our personality, in a native way, and turn it into a different feature film”. For her part, Tamar Novas stresses that “there is a lot of Spanish humour, which is far from Latin American”.
“The Game of Keys” tells the story of Laura (Eva Ugarte), a woman who has been with Antonio (Ricard Farré) all her life and just when she begins to wonder if this is really the life she wants, Sergio (Fernando Guallar ) and Siena (Justina Bustos) cross paths in their lives. Sergio is a former high school classmate and Siena, his “millennial” girlfriend, arrive to revolutionize everyone’s lives.
Laura, Raquel (Miren Ibarguren) and Cris (María Castro), close friends for years, convince their respective husbands, Antonio, Quique (Novas) and Dani (Dani Tatay), to play a game proposed by Siena: The game of the keys.
The game consists of putting the keys in a bowl, and at random, each one chooses one, the owner of the keys must spend the night with the person who has taken said keys. “A priori it seems harmless and feasible due to the trust that their long friendship gives them, but in the end it ends up becoming a trap”, highlights Guallar, who confesses that he would not actually play this game with friends, “it would seem like incest to me total”, he adds between laughs.
The title also seeks to reflect how couple relationships have changed in recent years: “Now there is room for different ways of understanding love. The film breaks with monogamy, which is apparently correct for society, but deep down, it is now being seen that open relationships also work”, says Castro.
Unlike other productions similar to this one, which touch on the themes of partner swapping, open relationships or polyamory, “The Game of Keys” delves mainly into the sexual representation of women: “It is nice to see women in fiction talking about sex between them as one more topic”, defends Bustos.
“I think we are at a time when female sexuality is being normalized. The Satisfyer has also revolutionized female masturbation in two years, it has normalized that concept, breaking with certain mentalities. Naturalizing the fact that women talk about sex was what we needed, it helps to empathize and show that it is something spontaneous”, details Ugarte.
Likewise, the film also breaks with that generational taboo in which only if you are young can you enjoy sex or that after a certain age you no longer have sexual relations.
“At a certain age, human beings seem to have to park the motorcycle in that sense, and it seems to me that, through movies, more information that we have or social networks, I think that having sexual relations until the end of life is being normalized. your days”, says Ibarguren.
Silvia Garcia Herraez