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Sex and Lucia (Lucía y el sexo) (2002)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 49 | Rotten: 20

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


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 10

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



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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


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Julio Medem

Mar 25, 2003


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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
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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
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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.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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It's a hall of mirrors, this flick -- every one of them pretentious.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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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
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A lot rides on coincidence. Or fate. Or the magic pull of the moon. It all makes sense in the end.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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A bizarre, alternately joyful and gloomy take on sexual fantasies and complications. [Blu-ray]

October 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

...a confusing and at times silly erotic film with some interesting visual ideas.

May 16, 2005 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Don't go in expecting Eurotrash art-porn, for the film tells a beautiful and earnestly romantic story.

January 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

Not every movie that is billed as 'erotic' deserves that distinction, but director Julio Medem's Sex And Lucia certainly does. It's the kind of intelligent, thoughtful film about sex and love that Hollywood just can't make.

August 22, 2003 Full Review
Request Magazine

As a randy film about sexy people in gorgeous places being pushed and pulled (literally and figuratively) by desire ... [Sex and Lucía] makes for an arousing good time.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Sex ironically has little to do with the story, which becomes something about how lame it is to try and evade your responsibilities and that you should never, ever, leave a large dog alone with a toddler. But never mind all that; the boobs are fantasti

January 26, 2003 Full Review Source:

Medem has once again crafted a complex, ethereal film that's both delicate and earthy, full of memorable imagery, gutsy performances and unforgettable, haunting themes.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The most wondrous love story in years, it is a great film.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

None of his actors stand out, but that's less of a problem here than it would be in another film: Characterization matters less than atmosphere.

October 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

Say what you will about Sex and Lucia, but don't call it boring.

October 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Sex is one of those films that aims to confuse.

October 17, 2002 Full Review
Planet Sick-Boy

Becomes richer, deeper and more interesting than just a coupling of naked bodies on screen.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Hey, who else needs a shower?

September 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

If Sex and Lucia were any more explicit, you'd watch it in a booth and pay for it a quarter at a time.

September 27, 2002 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

I kept tripping over the plot's raging implausibilities and reliance on outrageous coincidence.

September 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

The film is tangled but not chaotic, thoughtful but not terribly deep. Still, it's intimate, entertaining, and most impressive, genuine.

September 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Audience Reviews for Sex and Lucia (Lucía y el sexo)

"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."
July 10, 2009
Randy Tippy

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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.
May 11, 2009
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.
December 31, 2008

Super Reviewer

One of the strangest storylines ever, which confuses the viewer throughout, that I think, is the beauty of this piece. There is something quite addictive about the story. This is a film that definitely benefits from multiple viewing

As I?m sure you will guess from its title though, this film is pretty graphic sexually, so if scenes of this nature are likely to cause offence, cross this one off your list. However, for a film as sexually graphic as this one, there is most definitely a great storyline to accompany it.
December 12, 2008

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