Sex and LuciaDirector: Julio Medem, Paz Vega, Tristán Ulloa, Najwa Nimri
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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- Palm Pictures / Umvd
Cast & Crew
|Polo Aledo||Sound/Sound Designer|
|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|
|Monserrat Sanz||Art Director|
|Santiago Thevenet||Sound/Sound Designer|
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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.
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.
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)
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.