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Sex and Lucia
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by Elaine Perrone

"The magical mystery tour is waiting to take you away."
5 stars

SCREENED AT SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2002: I can divulge very little about Lucía y el sexo without major spoilers, except to describe it as visually stunning, breathtakingly sexy, and mind-bendingly ambiguous -- a magical mystery tour of the first order.

At its essence, Sex and Lucía is a mesmerizing, and challenging, puzzle box of a tale centering around a tormented writer, Lorenzo (Tristán Ulloa), his relationships --or perhaps not -- with three women, and a tragedy that may have befallen a child called Luna (Silvia Llanos).

The three women who weave dreamily through Lorenzo's life and imagination are the charmingly impetuous Lucía (Paz Vega), the waitress who becomes infatuated with him after reading his first novel, and with whom he lives, in a passionate and stormy relationship, in Madrid; Elena (Najwa Nimri), the island beauty with whom, six years before, on his 26th birthday, he had shared an erotic, anonymous moonlit swim, a one-night encounter with lasting consequence; and the enchantress Belén (Elena Anaya), the daughter of a former porn movie queen, and a child's nanny, who seduces Lorenzo and may unwittingly contribute to an horrific accident involving the little girl.

Lucía and Elena drift through each other's lives, as well, when Lucía travels to the mysterious island to heal herself after the loss of Lorenzo and meets Elena, a cookbook writer and the owner of a bed-and-breakfast inn, who is recovering from an ineffable loss of her own.

Spanish writer-director Julio Medem gracefully steers his cast of shifting characters, as if on some erotic roller-coaster, between present and past, reality and imagination (or memory?), in a dizzying ride that swoops up and down, back and forth, finally circling back upon itself in an emotional conclusion.

Perfectly complementing the circular narrative are the exquisite visuals of cinematographer Kiko de la Rica, who makes daring use of lighting and angles to bathe the screen in dazzling sunlight or radiant moonlight, to capture the image of a glistening sea or the claustrophobia of a dark corner or an island tunnel.

With its underwater fantasy sequences and its symbolic lighthouse tower and holes to the sea, Sex and Lucía is a very adult version of Alice Through The Looking Glass, sexually explicit, sensual, and seductive.

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User Comments

7/14/10 Ôãå ÇÈæÛÒÇáÉ 4 stars
6/27/07 Ryan Excellent movie, best $1.99 I have ever spent in the big bin o' movies 5 stars
8/21/06 Charles Brewster Very Erotic fantasy drifts in and out of reality and dream like worlds 5 stars
7/27/06 Billy it sucks (but the nudity is great) 2 stars
9/27/05 reginald Fleurant A wonderful Realization 5 stars
11/20/04 John Wonderfully confusing 5 stars
8/02/04 Charlene Javier Medem is a good filmmaker. 4 stars
3/31/04 john beautiful 5 stars
11/10/03 mihaela_lm best film 5 stars
10/13/03 Aubrey Evokes a passion that lingers every day since I saw it 5 stars
8/15/03 Paul Dempsey Yes please! 3 stars
8/13/03 lm not my favorite...y tu mama tambien is a lot better...but still excellent 4 stars
7/09/03 yot kim shit 1 stars
1/18/03 EdSer Never knew how shitty Hollywood movies are until I saw this magnificent piece of work! 5 stars
12/27/02 Reini Urban "A novel, which offers advantages. Even when it's over." 5 stars
12/17/02 The Chelsea Poet The best film of the last ten years bar none. 5 stars
12/09/02 abdulwahab i like the full story 3 stars
12/09/02 abdulwahab fucking 5 stars
12/09/02 romy i like sexy 5 stars
12/09/02 romy india 5 stars
12/07/02 J. Simpson As complex as it sexual and sensual but isn't that life and love to a tee! 5 stars
11/11/02 susanne beautiful to watch 5 stars
10/21/02 Elena Beautiful 5 stars
10/16/02 Sem watch the adult channel instead , it's nuthin but a hardcore porn movie. 1 stars
10/15/02 JM Probably the best movie I have seen in years. 5 stars
8/26/02 Professor Literally intriguing; erotic; you'll lie awake trying to separate the fact from the fiction 5 stars
8/13/02 Yvette I absolutely loved this movie... "it grabbed my heart and pulled me in..." 5 stars
8/13/02 Mke complex, beautiful, erotic 5 stars
8/11/02 Contraplete Visually stunning, emotionally complex, wonderful sex: enjoy the ride! 5 stars
8/06/02 Heather Rather erotic, you have to keep track of the plot, intriguing 5 stars
8/05/02 Bachboy Delicious. Go see it. Now. Paz Vega? Damn! Penelope who? 5 stars
7/31/02 Dan Moldovan Julio Medem and Michael Haneke the best directors What you think Spillberg?? 5 stars
7/30/02 Pit Lucia imishi listen there 1 stars
7/23/02 Trouble T Fascinating and erotic 5 stars
7/20/02 JAMES.T VERY GOOD 5 stars
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  12-Jul-2002 (NR)



Directed by
  Julio Medem

Written by
  Julio Medem

  Paz Vega
  Tristán Ulloa
  Najwa Nimri
  Daniel Freire
  Javier Cámara
  Elena Anaya

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