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Lucía, Lucía (2003)

La hija del caníbal (original title)
Lucia, an children's book author, tells the story of her husband's disappearance. One day on their way to Brazil he just disappears. She goes to the police, gets a ransom note, and makes ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margarita Isabel ...
Lucía's mom
Max Kerlow ...
Old Wehner
Mario Iván Martínez ...
Mr. Wehner
José Elías Moreno ...
Héctor Ortega ...
The Cannibal
Enrique Singer ...
Undersecretary Ortiga
Lourdes Villareal ...
Ministerio público
Jorge Zárate ...
Manuel Blejerman ...
Itatí Cantoral ...
Airline saleswoman #1
Fabián Corres ...
Enoc Leaño ...
El Ruso


Lucia, an children's book author, tells the story of her husband's disappearance. One day on their way to Brazil he just disappears. She goes to the police, gets a ransom note, and makes friends with the old dude downstairs and the young dude upstairs as she tries to find him. Things take a bit of a twist as she realized the kidnapping may not be as simple as it seems on the surface. Written by poco loco

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Rated R for sexuality, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »





Release Date:

25 July 2003 (USA)  »

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Lucía, Lucía  »

Box Office


€3,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$70,773 (USA) (25 July 2003)


$267,495 (USA) (22 August 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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When Adrian and Felix are on their moped chasing down Lucia's captors in the white van, Adrian is clearly driving in the beginning. He drives up on the moped, picks Felix up, and speeds away to follow the white van. However, a minute later within the same chase sequence, we see Felix driving the moped instead, with Adrian sitting on the back. See more »


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Entertaining and amusing Mexican/Spanish comedy/thriller in which a trio of good actors become involved into improbable situations
28 April 2014 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Spanish/Mexican co-production set in Mexico and surroundings with thrills , fun , intrigue , humor , bemusing incidents and nice players . It deals with a mature woman called Lucia (Cecilia Roth , Pedro Almodovar's usual actress) , she is a kid's book author and tells the tale of her husband's disappearance . Lucia is on an adventure that could change her life if she doesn't turn back . One day on their way to Brazil , at airport , her husband just disappears with no tracks . She goes to the District Precinct to denounce the deeds , gets a ransom note , and when is attacked by some hoodlums she befriends an old dude (the veteran Carlos Alvarez Novoa) downstairs and the young man (Kuno Becker) upstairs . Both of them help her and are caught up in trouble when attempt to solve the kidnapping and try to find him . In their vicissitude , the dropouts will be involving into mobsters , powerful drug baron , corrupt officers , among others . Things take a bit of a twist as she realized the abducting may not be as clear as it seems on the surface . In pursuing its objective the losers will face a group of gangsters , kidnappers and Police officers . Meanwhile , the motley team travels across Mexico .

This pursuit/road movie comedy contains intrigue , lots of emotion , drama , mystery , humor , entertainment , amusement and a colorful photography with juicy atmosphere . The extraordinary new wave of Mexican cinema continues with this slightly funny film , including entertaining events , suspense and an enticing love story ; being based on a novel written by Rosa Montero and screenplay by the same filmmaker Antonio Serrano . The film moves in fits and starts most of which would be desirable, with more traps the viewer resists any kind, and some moments of enjoyment and others quite a few embarrassing . The journey of the protagonists is so repetitive and the most part results to be rich in absurdities and implausibilities . The flick gives a short description about lives of people in Mexico D.F. , neighborhood , malls , markets , delinquency underground and many other things . This is a typical action/comedy from the 2000s with the usual ingredients such as thrills , suspense , enjoyable humor , social habits , relationships among people and an enjoyable love story between a Milf and a young boy . The main issue about the continuous meetings and ongoing squabbles between the protagonists and the pursuers is so repetitive and that makes it a bit boring though happen several adventures , mishaps , distresses and an unexpected final twist . The picture attempts to spread optimism about the events of life , friendship and love , with its amusing sides but also including some risks . The film explores the relationship among a motley trio well played by top-notch actors such as Cecilia Roth , Carlos Alvarez Novoa and Kuno Becker .

Atmospheric and appropriate musical score , including evocative Mexican sounds . Adequate as well as colorful cinematography by Xavier Pérez Grobet who subsequently worked in Hollywood such as : ¨Super Nacho¨, ¨Monster house¨, ¨Lyrics and music¨ , ¨I love you Philip Morris¨ and ¨Enough Said¨, among others . The motion picture well produced by great producer Andres Vicente Gomez was professionally written and directed by Antonio Serrano . Antonio was born in Mexico City and is a talented and versatile writer/director who has made a vast array of often solid and entertaining films in all kind of genres such as ¨Morelos¨, ¨Hidalgo¨ , ¨Sexo, Pudor , Lagrimas¨ and this acceptable comedy/thriller ¨La Hija del Cannibal¨ or "The Cannibal's Daughter¨ or ¨Lucía, Lucía" - USA title .

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