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Sex and Lucia (2001)

Cast: Paz Vega, Tristan Ulloa, Najwa Nimri, more...
Director: Julio Medem
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Palm Pictures
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Spain, Erotica
Running Time: 128 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English, French
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Following up on his 1998 art-house hit Lovers of the Arctic Circle, Julio Medem spins this audacious film about flesh and forgetting. Lucia (Paz Vega) is a young Madrid waitress who is devastated to hear of the death of her old flame Lorenzo (Tristan Ulloa). Hoping to flee her troubles, she seeks out a beautiful island paradise her dead lover often talked about. There she meets and befriends Carlos (Daniel Freyre) and Elena (Najwa Nimri) who are also refugees of personal tragedies. Unbeknownst to all of them, the three each have a connection to Lorenzo. Years previously, Elena had a spontaneous fling with Lorenzo on the same island on the beach. Nine months later, she bore his daughter, Luna (Silvia Llanos), but unable to raise a child on her own, she enlisted the help of a nurse, Belen (Elena Anaya). In attempting to reconnect with the child he never knew, Lorenzo had a passionate affair with Belen, one which caused her to neglect Luna, with tragic results. As Lucia slowly learns these details, she recalls the book Lorenzo was writing just before his death, and soon the lines between fact and fiction begin to slip away. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Ambitious, complex, sensual by SBarnett April 6, 2006 - 8:56 AM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
This ambitious, complex film plays with the distinctions between past and present, reality and fiction, truth and lie, love and hate, erotica and porn, light and darkness, moon and sun, life and death--Lucia and sex. For every element in the film, the director provides its opposite and then proceeds to show us how easy it is for these opposites to become each other. The plot cannot be sensibly explained, as it can be in "Mulholland Drive" or "Memento," but this is not a fault in the film. It is one of the pleasures of the film. Other pleasures include the surehanded way the film draws you into each scene, the convincing and spontaneous acting, the food, the color (though the digital camera used at the time was not up to the task of bright sunlight), and the underwater scenes. Especially pleasing is the joyful, playful, passionate sex between Lucia and Lorenzo, and the way the film frankly depicts nudity and sex but leaves a gruesome death to our imagination. This is a comment on the values of Hollywood cinema, but an even bigger comment on the social and cultural differences between the US and Spain. If only we had more naked people on beaches and fewer gunshot corpses in morgues.

The novel vs. reality by WZoller February 9, 2005 - 8:14 AM PST
1 out of 4 members found this review helpful
The underlying premise reminds me a little of Mulholland Drive, where you try to separate the real world from fiction. The extras on the DVD including the interviews with the actors are very interesting. See if you agree with the director about the light and colors used in photograping the various scenes.

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