Sex and Lucia


Sex and Lucia

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 70


Audience Score

User Ratings: 22,046
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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 moon. 9 months later, Elena gave birth to Luna, but never managed to find Lorenzo. Carlos was the stepfather of Belen, who disappeared after she unwittingly caused the death of Luna. As she hears more about the past of her two new housemates, Lucia is reminded of the book Lorenzo was writing, a tale about a journey into a dark, deep past that brought on his depression. Soon, the lines between fact and fiction begin to fall apart.

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Paz Vega
as Lucia
Tristan Ulloa
as Lorenzo Alvarez
Daniel Freire
as Carlos/Antonio Castillo
Elena Anaya
as Belen Lozano
Diana Suarez
as Manuela Lozano
David Bulnes
as Porno Actor
Javier Corominas
as Vendor in Refreshments Kiosk
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Critic Reviews for Sex and Lucia

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (25)

  • 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.

    Nov 7, 2002 | Rating: C+
  • It's a thoughtful film that forces its characters and its viewers to wrestle with the difference between great sex and true intimacy.

    Oct 10, 2002 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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.

    Oct 4, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a hall of mirrors, this flick -- every one of them pretentious.

    Oct 4, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 5, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • A lot rides on coincidence. Or fate. Or the magic pull of the moon. It all makes sense in the end.

    Aug 23, 2002 | Rating: B-

Audience Reviews for Sex and Lucia

  • Nov 25, 2011
    An entirely bewildering piece of cinematic art. Medem explores the underestimated block of the writer's mind and lets us aboard a high-speed subway of sexual perdition, redemption, forgiveness and the liberation of the flesh, elements that beautifully become mere colors in the artist's palette. Once again, opportunity cost is the core of experimentation, while the sun burns, while the wind blows, while the sea roars... Simply sublime. I had never seen sex portrayed with such artistry. 96/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2010
    I liked this movie because it made you think a little bit. There are a lot of apparently disjoint plot paths in the beginning and as it move towards the end they all merge into a single story. The story is partially told in real time but most of its told through Lucia’s Imagination as she reads his story. The story opens on the Home Island of Malta. It is Lorenzo 27th Birthday and he meets a woman Elena and makes love in the Ocean. It’s a one night stand and they do not know each others names just 3 clues apiece of who the other person is. Lorenzo uses his experience to write a successful steamy novel. Unbeknownst to Lorenzo Elena has a daughter and raises her with the well hung soccer playing boyfriend and her earnings as a porn-star. The steamy novel draws Lucia to be a stalker of Lorenzo. She confronts him in the bar and professes her love for him and they move in together. Lot-o steamy sex and titillation. 4 years later Lorenzo’s agent tells him he is a father and the women he met on the beach is his cousin. He also explains that he can arrange for him to meet his daughter. He meets his daughter at a playground with her goth babysitter. The baby sitter develops the hots for him and its not really clear if he likes her or is just using her interest to keep close with his daughter. Something really horrible happens when she invites him over for the night and the playful romp gets really depressing from there. The single me would have rated much higher, but I’m so far away from that place I’ll stick with a strong 4 stars. A movie much better suited for the single crowd. Yes it is a strong R Rated movie fairly tastefully done. US standards probably would throw it into X for 2 second shot of the soccer players half turgid dong.
    Bill C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2010
    A seriously sexy movie; but in a classy way.
    FanGirl B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2009
    Captivating film about fiction and reality, relationships and sex. Certainly not an easy film, the many layers of the narrative do require some analysis.
    Ina S Super Reviewer

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