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Sex and Lucia

Sex and Lucia

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Director: Julio Medem, Paz Vega, Tristán Ulloa, Najwa Nimri

Cast: Julio Medem, Paz Vega, Tristán Ulloa, Najwa Nimri


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Following up on his 1998 art-house hit Lovers of the Arctic Circle, Julio Medem spins this audacious film about flesh and forgetting. Lucia (Paz Vega) is a young Madrid waitress who is devastated to hear of the death of her old flame Lorenzo (Tristan Ulloa). Hoping to flee her troubles, she seeks out a beautiful island paradise her dead lover often talked about


Following up on his 1998 art-house hit Lovers of the Arctic Circle, Julio Medem spins this audacious film about flesh and forgetting. Lucia (Paz Vega) is a young Madrid waitress who is devastated to hear of the death of her old flame Lorenzo (Tristan Ulloa). Hoping to flee her troubles, she seeks out a beautiful island paradise her dead lover often talked about. There she meets and befriends Carlos (Daniel Freyre) and Elena (Najwa Nimri) who are also refugees of personal tragedies. Unbeknownst to all of them, the three each have a connection to Lorenzo. Years previously, Elena had a spontaneous fling with Lorenzo on the same island on the beach. Nine months later, she bore his daughter, Luna (Silvia Llanos), but unable to raise a child on her own, she enlisted the help of a nurse, Belen (Elena Anaya). In attempting to reconnect with the child he never knew, Lorenzo had a passionate affair with Belen, one which caused her to neglect Luna, with tragic results. As Lucia slowly learns these details, she recalls the book Lorenzo was writing just before his death, and soon the lines between fact and fiction begin to slip away. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.

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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Sex truly deserves its top billing in Sex and Lucia, an erotically charged romance written and directed by Julio Medem. Paz Vega stars as Lucia, who travels to a Mediterranean island to recover from the loss of her writer boyfriend, Lorenzo (Tristán Ulloa). The story is told through flashbacks to their affair and Lorenzo's work on a novel. A sense of dreamlike serendipity and unabashed eroticism infuses Sex and Lucia; the contemplation and realism of Y Tu Mamá También are nowhere to be found. But, like that recent Alfonso Cuarón film, Sex and Lucia celebrates sexuality with gusto, including romantic sex on a moonlit beach as well as sex games involving striptease, Polaroids, and blindfolds. Although these scenes stop short of anything hardcore, they are nonetheless deliriously X-rated -- and often exhilarating. (A toned-down, R-rated version is also available.) Adding to the sensual overload of the film is a sun-drenched island locale that comes vividly to life through unique, almost bleached-out cinematography. Ultimately, Sex and Lucia is a feature-length seduction wherein dreamy afternoon foreplay leads to romance under a full moon. It's a love story with a big, softcore heart.
All Movie Guide - Adam Bregman
A romantic and gorgeous film, Lucia Y El Sexo has a serpentine plot that viewers may not be able to keep up with. But it hardly matters as this film is a delight for the senses in every other way. There's plenty of sex served up hot and steamy, a beautiful island where Lucia strolls around naked, and luscious cinematography that focuses on both bodies and countryside. Lorenzo (Tristan Ulloa) is a less than successful novelist, but he has inspired one avid fan, Lucia (Paz Vega), and the scene where she meets him in a restaurant and immediately asks him to move in with her is a romantic knockout. Their relationship sours as Lorenzo discovers that he has a child from a one-night-fling a few years back. He tries to get close to the kid, which fuels his writing, and has an almost fling with his daughter's nanny. From there, the film features some improbable coincidences and a bit of sentimental mush, but this in no way takes away from this completely engaging work. Lucia Y El Sexo is a mature film about sex and relationships that is both thoughtful and very hot.

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Lions Gate
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paz Vega Lucia
Tristán Ulloa Lorenzo
Najwa Nimri Elena
Daniel Freire Antonio,Carlos
Elena Anaya Belen
Silvia Llanos Luna
Javier Camára Pepe

Technical Credits
Julio Medem Director,Screenwriter
Ivan Aledo Editor
Polo Aledo Sound/Sound Designer
Sara Bilbatua Casting
Fernando Bovaira Producer
Ana Cassina Executive Producer
Kiko de la Rica Cinematographer
Alberto Iglesias Score Composer
Enrique Lopez Lavigne Producer
Estibaliz Markiegi Costumes/Costume Designer
Agustin Peinado Sound/Sound Designer
Gregorio Ros Makeup
Monserrat Sanz Art Director
Santiago Thevenet Sound/Sound Designer


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Sex and Lucia 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just stumbled across this movie in the foreign section of my local video store and rented it on a whim. My girlfriend and I were captivated by this film, and I ran out and bought it right away. I don't know why it didn't make a splash here, because it's an incredibly successful combination of eroticism and exploration of deep philosophical questions that should resonate with any young person. And it's beautifully photographed in the sun-drenched Mediterranian. This film is a must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film delves into the mysteries that underpin our relationships and the work of authors. Sex is just the fun part of the webs we weave, whilst actually making them more intricate. Elena's line ''It's just sex.'' after describing the size of Carlos' 'organ' couldn't be further from the truth, and as a viewer we come to understand this fact. In this the film succeeds, and as art describing the complexity of Lorenzo's art it also is a triumph. Great performances and direction from a gifted director make this a fulfilling film that does the script justice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sex and Lucia is a fabulous movie; if you can tolerate subtitles or speak Spanish, you'll love it. The insight provided by this film is multifaceted. It delves into relationships, writing, separation, true love, true lust, and tons of other ideas. I recommend this movie across the board. (be forewarned, though, it is VERY sexually charged)
Pablito More than 1 year ago
I could just stop with the headline, "Paz Vega!" and let it go at that. However, the film, in addition to being exceedingly erotic, makes us think about how an artist weaves together intellect, emotion, eroticism, and more. Sometimes almost surrealistic in a way that provokes thought.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago