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Lucia, Lucia (La Hija del caníbal) (2003)

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45

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 27

A relatively simple mid-life crisis story is burdened by overly cumbersome plot devices.

36

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 14

A relatively simple mid-life crisis story is burdened by overly cumbersome plot devices.

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55

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 1,113

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Filmmaker Antonio Serrano, who made a splash with his first film Sexo, Pudor y Lagrimas, returns to the screen with this thriller from Mexico. Lucia (Cecilia Roth) is a woman whose life is thrown into chaos when her husband suddenly disappears without a trace. As Lucia searches for a clue to his whereabouts, she discovers evidence that suggests her husband had a dangerous secret life he never shared with her, and she finds she isn't the only person with an interest in finding him. Lucia, Lucia

Jan 13, 2004

$0.2M

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It's the old midlife crisis tale, just without a lot of charm or surprises.

November 20, 2003
Arizona Republic
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Roth, as the writer-narrator and sexy center of the piece, simply shines.

August 15, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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I love a good story, too, but I prefer one that actually goes somewhere (although, as joy rides to nowhere are concerned, this one is a beaut).

August 15, 2003
Washington Post
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Despite the potential for menace implied by its set-up, Lucia, Lucia is finally about finding the opposite.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Lucia, a writer of children's books, dips in and out of fiction in her own life, the line blurring so often that it's hard to tell what's real and what's fantasy in Lucia, Lucia. It's even harder to care.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Lucia, Lucia is nicely shot and edited, but the movie is a narrative mess.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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...if a director isn't willing to commit to his own movie, then why pray tell should we?

May 16, 2005 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A playful, though not strikingly original, engagement of the unreliable narrator, and a fluffy study of the contrast between wish-fulfilling fiction and cold, hard reality.

August 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Lucía reveals a great deal about herself in 110 minutes of self-fulfilling narration, but imagine how much better the experience would have been had the story allowed itself to match that depth.

August 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

It's being touted as the latest chapter in the new wave of Mexican cinema, but comparing the meandering Lucia, Lucia to a milestone like Amores Perros is just plain loco.

August 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

More interested in getting to the next plot turn than in telling a coherent and compelling story.

August 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Serrano's frequently mystifying device of having Lucía's cardboard psyche mess with the audience's minds is ultimately a confusing bore.

August 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Lucia Lucia is well acted and creatively shot, but the problem is that at its core lies a mystery that isn't terribly interesting.

August 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The picture aims to be cheeky and interesting. But more often it's annoying.

August 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

It's a nifty little premise that becomes even more engaging because of the movie's ability to look at ordinary events through extraordinary eyes.

August 8, 2003 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The film is enjoyable in the manner of a high-gloss soap opera, but its forays into socio-political commentary are as laboured as its unnecessarily labyrinthine construction.

August 5, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
eye WEEKLY

If you analyze it logically, 'Lucia, Lucia' doesn't make much sense, but if you buy into its zany obfuscation, it can be fun.

August 4, 2003 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Who knows when the movie will take a trip down Mulholland Drive?

August 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The ways and reasons we make fiction -- including the fiction of a happy marriage -- are the playful but resonant notions that keep the story afloat.

August 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

In many ways the Mexican director has made an Almodóvar film, with its quirky narrative and overwhelming affection for its lead characters. Like his Spanish counterpart, Serrano is witty without ever being vicious.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

This journey of self-discovery hits a dead end long before the closing credits roll.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Audience Reviews for Lucia, Lucia (La Hija del caníbal)

Extraordinary Mexican romantic adventure of Lucia, played by Cecilia Roth, finds herself in a triangle of love and friendship are his neighbours, an old man and a young man. I like the love scene between Lucia and a young man that gives me good memories.
June 19, 2007
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Dean McKenna

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    1. Adrian: He who fears not the truth need not fear lies.
    – Submitted by Chad E (3 years ago)
    1. Lucia: Life isn't about getting. It's about losing.
    – Submitted by Chad E (3 years ago)
    1. Lucia: A true journey of discovery isn't about changing our surroundings, but about changing the way we see.
    – Submitted by Chad E (3 years ago)
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