Sex and Lucia


Sex and Lucia

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



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Average Rating: 3.8/5

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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 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 (24)

  • 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

"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."

Randy Tippy
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.

Greg S
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.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

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.

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