Young love can be both fleeting and unforgettable. A reminder of puppy love can bring back wistful memories of a more innocent time before heartbreak. And that’s the feeling Manolo Caro’s latest movie, “Tales of an Immoral Couple,” tries to summon in its audience.
As teenagers, Martina (Ximena Romo) and Lucio (Sebastián Aguirre) quickly went from friends to a passionate and experimental couple before they were torn apart by their scandalous expulsion from a Catholic school. When, after 25 years with no contact, Martina and Lucio (now played by Cecilia Suárez and Manuel García-Rulfo) run into each other on the streets of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, they swap elaborate stories of made-up families to prove that they hadn’t waited like fools to reconnect. Realizing they are both going to the same exhibition that night, each must find someone to pose as a spouse to pull off the ruse.
Though the film successfully evokes feelings of first love, “Tales of an Immoral Couple” relies on a familiar formula: the story line of friends turning into lovers. Only, the movie isn’t concerned with that awkward dance toward a relationship. Instead, it delightfully bounces between the young students falling in love — then from grace — and the reluctance of their adult counterparts to express their feelings.
Mr. Caro, who also wrote the script, favors the comedic potential of this couple’s situation and plays up the good humor with visual jokes, frivolous misadventures and upbeat pop rock music. The result is a sweet and affecting story, one that forgoes the awkward moments of teenage romance and offers the possibility of reliving a bit of our youthful amor — if just for the film’s…