Lucia Lucia

Overview

This intelligent and offbeat comedy drama from Mexico gets a fine presentation for its DVD release in the United States. Luc?a, Luc?a has been given two transfers for this release, which presents the film in letterboxed form at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors), as well as a pan-and-scan version at the full-frame ratio of 1.33:1. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. The dialogue is in Spanish with optional English subtitles. Bonus material ...
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Overview

This intelligent and offbeat comedy drama from Mexico gets a fine presentation for its DVD release in the United States. Lucía, Lucía has been given two transfers for this release, which presents the film in letterboxed form at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors), as well as a pan-and-scan version at the full-frame ratio of 1.33:1. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. The dialogue is in Spanish with optional English subtitles. Bonus material includes a short documentary on the making of the film and an audio commentary from director Antonio Serrano.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with writer-director Antonio Serrano; "Making of Lucia, Lucia featurette; behind-the-scenes footage; music video; outtakes.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
This is a playful movie, which is a mixed blessing. Lucía (Cecilia Roth) is presented as an unreliable narrator who embellishes her story as she tells it, which we see as her hair color and apartment decor changes. This keeps the audience guessing what's real and what's a product of her imagination as they observe some of the film's more fanciful developments. With the help of good performances by Roth and others, well-staged shots, and clever art direction, this is a likably breezy film. But it's also a bit too cutesy, and the light tone doesn't mesh with the more serious elements of the screenplay, which addresses political corruption in Mexico. Also, the narrative sometimes gets lost amidst the various plot twists and turns, and it doesn't really add up to a compelling thriller. The film also devotes a lot of time to Lucía's friendship with Félix (Carlos Alvarez-Novoa) and Adrian (Kuno Becker). Both are engaging, but they seem more like movie conceits than fleshed-out characters and their relationship with Lucía is never completely believable. It's possible this is deliberate (in keeping with the idea that Lucía is an unreliable narrator), but it also helps make the film seem more insubstantial. Overall, this is a reasonably entertaining movie, but it doesn't add up to much at the end.
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell
Ms. Roth's radiance and understanding of Lucía's emotional life gives this film a touch of necessary psychological accessibility.
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Thomas
An exhilarating celebration of the possibilities of love and friendship, and Lucía, Félix and Adrián could not be more likable.
Variety
In a brilliant and precise reversal of Hollywood's current casting game of matching older male stars with younger female starlets, Roth takes hold of the mature end of a love affair with the ultra-handsome Becker and steers a course of vivid sexual and emotional power.

An exhilarating celebration of the possibilities of love and friendship, and Lucía, Félix and Adrián could not be more likable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2004
  • UPC: 024543105558
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Español
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cecilia Roth Lucia
Carlos Alvarez-Novoa Felix
Kuno Becker Adrian
Javier Diaz Duenas Inspector Garcia
Margarita Isabel Lucia's Mom
Max Kerlow Old Wehner
M. Martinez Mr. Wehner
José Moreno Ramon
José Moreno Ramon
Hector Ortega The Cannibal
Technical Credits
Antonio Serrano Director, Screenwriter
Jorge Albajar Associate Producer
Brigitte Broch Art Director
Carlos Cree Associate Producer
Evelia Cruz Sound/Sound Designer
Matthias Ehrenberg Producer
Maria Estela Fernandez Costumes/Costume Designer
Jorge Garcia Editor
Andrés Vicente Gómez Co-producer
Xavier Pérez Grobet Cinematographer
Manuel Hinojosa Asst. Director
Epigmenio Ibarra Producer
Francisca Maira Set Decoration/Design
Nacho Mastretta Score Composer
Cesar Montemayor Associate Producer
Gervasio Negrete Associate Producer
Carlos Payan Producer
Inna Payan Producer
Marcela Ramirez Associate Producer
Mauricio Rios Associate Producer
Julio Serrano Associate Producer
Manuel Serrano Associate Producer
Ana Celia Urquidi Casting
Christian Valdelievre Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Pan & Scan
1. Main Titles [1:34]
2. The Day it All Started [2:45]
3. Lying Again [1:39]
4. Clues [4:24]
5. Kidnapped [3:25]
6. Aunt Antonia's Inheritance [2:53]
7. Thieves [1:49]
8. Other Lives [3:18]
9. Inseparable [2:10]
10. Department Store Drop-Off [5:41]
11. Mom & Dad [3:09]
12. Beginning to Rot [4:19]
13. Another Try [2:51]
14. Ramón's Secret Life [3:24]
15. The Cell Phone [4:53]
16. Waiting for a Terrorist [:47]
17. Looking for Adrián [2:22]
18. Mr. Wehner [2:52]
19. A Night in Heaven [:19]
20. Mr. Blanco [5:58]
21. Death in the Closet [2:15]
22. Museum Mysteries [1:24]
23. Something Rather Sensitive [5:35]
24. Taken [:03]
25. Petty Bureaucrats [1:56]
26. The Cannibal's Daughter [5:31]
27. There's Always Beauty [:27]
28. End Titles [4:45]
Side #2 -- Widescreen
1. Main Titles [1:34]
2. The Day it All Started [2:45]
3. Lying Again [1:39]
4. Clues [4:24]
5. Kidnapped [3:25]
6. Aunt Antonia's Inheritance [2:53]
7. Thieves [1:49]
8. Other Lives [3:18]
9. Inseparable [2:10]
10. Department Store Drop-Off [5:41]
11. Mom & Dad [3:09]
12. Beginning to Rot [4:19]
13. Another Try [2:51]
14. Ramón's Secret Life [3:24]
15. The Cell Phone [4:53]
16. Waiting for a Terrorist [:47]
17. Looking for Adrián [2:22]
18. Mr. Wehner [2:52]
19. A Night in Heaven [:19]
20. Mr. Blanco [5:58]
21. Death in the Closet [2:15]
22. Museum Mysteries [1:24]
23. Something Rather Sensitive [5:35]
24. Taken [:03]
25. Petty Bureaucrats [1:56]
26. The Cannibal's Daughter [5:31]
27. There's Always Beauty [:27]
28. End Titles [4:45]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Pan & Scan
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Language Selection
      Spanish 5.1 Surruound
      Commentary by Director Antonio Serrano On
      Commentary by Director Antonio Serrano Off
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director Antonio Serrano On
      Commentary by Director Antonio Serrano Off
      Detrás de Cámaras: The Making of Lucia Lucia (Part Two)
Side #2 -- Widescreen
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Language Selection
      Spanish 5.1 Surruound
      Commentary by Director Antonio Serrano On
      Commentary by Director Antonio Serrano Off
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director Antonio Serrano On
      Commentary by Director Antonio Serrano Off
      Detrás de Cámaras: The Making of Lucia Lucia (Part Two)
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