Sex and Lucia (2002)

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Critic Consensus: Beneath the gratuitous nudity lies a complex and visually striking movie.


Movie Info

Lucia is a waitress who lives and works in Madrid. After what she believes to be the loss of her boyfriend, the tortured writer Lorenzo, she flees to a secluded island that he had often told her about. There she meets Carlos and Elena, who have also run away to the island to escape personal tragedy. Unbeknownst to them, all three have a connection to Lorenzo. Elena met him many years ago on that same island and enjoyed beautiful, anonymous lovemaking with him in the sea by the light of a full … More

Rating: R (for strong sexual content and language)
Genre: Drama , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Julio Medem
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 25, 2003
Box Office: $1.4M
Runtime:
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Cast


as Lucia

as Lorenzo Alvarez

as Carlos/Antonio Casti...

as Belen Lozano

as Manuela Lozano

as Porno Actor

as Vendor in Refreshmen...
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Critic Reviews for Sex and Lucia

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (28)

Perhaps our confusion is part of the whole idea, but Sex and Lucia would have a lot more impact if there were someone to give a damn about.

November 7, 2002
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

It's a thoughtful film that forces its characters and its viewers to wrestle with the difference between great sex and true intimacy.

October 10, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

While it's being the told, the story of Sex And Lucia is sufficiently seductive to keep you from noticing the holes forming in its universe.

Full Review… | October 4, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's a hall of mirrors, this flick -- every one of them pretentious.

Full Review… | October 4, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

What distinguishes Julio Medem's humid, magic-realist eroticon from the average soft-core fare is its writer-director's playful interest in storytelling as a form of sexual sublimation and release.

September 5, 2002
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A lot rides on coincidence. Or fate. Or the magic pull of the moon. It all makes sense in the end.

Full Review… | August 23, 2002
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Sex and Lucia

"The first advantage is at the end of the story. It doesn't finish, it falls in a hole. And the story starts again halfway. The other advantage, and the biggest, is that you can change course along the way... If you let me. If you give me time."

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Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

A waitress falls in love with a novelist who has a secret in his past; parts of the movie describe their real love story, and parts are dramatizations of a novel the male lead is writing, with it largely left to the audience to decide which is which. Ambitious, multi-layered story with great performances and cinematography; the brief explicit sex scenes are a gimmick.

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Greg S

Super Reviewer

The earlier film by Julio Médem (Lovers of the Arctic Circle) is a prelude to the kind of cinematography that this Spanish film director/writer presents here. I have read most of the other comments, but they don't do justice to it, mainly because of the lack of understanding the original tongue of this film. The screenplay is excellent, full of metaphors and a rich use of very carefully chosen words. People who consider this film just an excuse for depicting sex scenes as the highlight of the movie are pretty much clueless. It is more than that, it is the complex storytelling that tangles the characters in this movie and the way that is told. Compelling and breath-taking. A must see.

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Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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