Sex and Lucia Reviews
Lucia y el sexo turned out to have been a more complex film than I could have imagined, and it was too complicated for its own good at times. I found myself confused because the story flips back and fourth between a real life story and a fictional one written by the character Lorenzo, and its easy to lose track of what is real and what isn't, and so the way Lucia y el sexo tells its story is substandard. It's ambitious, but flawed and complex, particularly when you're watching it in another language since you have to read into it without completely understanding the cultural context of the emotions. Essentially, Lucia y el sexo is overly scattershot, and focuses more on Lorenzo than the titular Lucia, even though Lucia seems more interesting and had more depth as a character.
But aside from the complex plot structure and inconsistencies, Lucia y el sexo is a striking film.
Visually, Lucia y el sexo is unforgettable. It's complex and surreal visual style make it a hit across the head for viewers and leaves them mesmerised and asking questions by the end, and it's script encourages that. It's one of the most artistically crafted Spanish films I've seen to date.
It's thoroughly stylish with its fine cinematography, tactical editing and immersive lighting which gives it a powerfully surreal and erotic or dramatic atmosphere, depending on the situation. Either way, Julio Medem really has a grip on the story and the admired themes it faces, particularly his handling of the erotic themes and artistic depiction of all the onscreen nudity.
But it works because the cast truly shines.
Paz Vega is utterly perfect for the lead role, as she is perfectly sexy with immaculately desirable body language yet also a sense of unfathomed innocence on her, physically and mentally. This prevents audiences from looking at the titular Lucia as a mere sex object, as she uses her body to convey humane insight. This is a difficult talent for an actor, but Paz Vega shows off her ability to work it finely with or without her clothes on. Lucia y el sexo features some of her finest work. She stands up from the cast and utterly steals the screen.
Tristan Ulloa also grips the story drama with his performance, one rich with tenacity he uses to grip his character and ensure that audiences understand him as well as, if not more than he understands himself.
Najwa Nimri is also good.
So in the end, Lucia y el sexo's strong performances and artistic style ensures it transcends the complex plot.
What is important is how I loved the descend into this film (into it's madness). At one point the protagonist (a writer) writes a loophole to bail them (us) out. An exit from madness. A retreat to cushy confines of logic. I took it.
I liked the safe ride and now I'm hooked. And that's only fair- isn't it?