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The Ages of Lulu (1990)

Las edades de Lulú (original title)
The story of a young woman's descent into the kinky and dangerous sexual underground in Madrid.

Director:

Bigas Luna

Writers:

Almudena Grandes (screenplay), Bigas Luna (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Francesca Neri ... Lulú
Óscar Ladoire ... Pablo (as Oscar Ladoire)
María Barranco ... Ely
Fernando Guillén Cuervo ... Marcelo
Rosana Pastor ... Chelo
Javier Bardem ... Jimmy
Juan Graell Juan Graell ... Remy
Rodrigo Valverde Rodrigo Valverde ... Pablito
Pilar Bardem ... Encarna
Marta May ... Madre de Lulú
Gloria Rodriquez Gloria Rodriquez ... Cristina (as Gloria Rodríguez)
Àngel Jové Àngel Jové ... Alicantino (as Angel Jové)
Ainara Pérez Ainara Pérez ... Lulú
Juan Sala Juan Sala ... Padre de Lulú
Pepa Serrano Pepa Serrano ... Flamenca
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Storyline

In Madrid, teenager Lulu has a crush on Pablo, who is the best friend of her brother Marcelo. One day, they go together to a concert and Lulu loses her virginity to Pablo. However, he travels to the United States and Lulu misses him. When he returns, they meet each other and Pablo proposes to Lulu Soon they befriend Ely and play sexual games with her. Later they have a daughter, Ines. One day, after a party, Pablo blindfolds Lulu and proposes a threesome; when Lulu discovers that she had an incestuous relation with Marcelo, she leaves Pablo to live with Ines in an apartment. Lulu feels bored and soon she is addicted in kinky and bizarre sex with gays in the underground of Madrid. Her erotic journey descends to hell when she meets the dangerous Remy that invites her to the world of sadomasochism. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

6 June 1991 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Lulu See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ángela Molina pulled out just ten days before filming started. She and her sister, Mónica Molina, were going to play Lulú in her different life stages. See more »

Quotes

Lulú: I never meant to get into incest.
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Alternate Versions

When released in the UK this title was cut by 2 minutes and 55 seconds by the BBFC. See more »

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Estás sola
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Written by Carlos Segarra
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'Art House' Filth
28 May 2006 | by BetterThanKerouacSee all my reviews

Aptly described as "pretentious, repellent pornography," The Ages of Lulu is a film you really could do without. Indeed, not only does Spanish director Bigas Luna's (he of Jamón, jamón, Golden Balls and The Tit and the Moon fame) film fire hugely clear of the mark in its attempt at sexually heightened drama, it also suffers from a dodgy cast (Javier Bardem, what were you thinking?), lame acting and a wholly unrealistic plot. Not to put too fine a point on it, then, you'd be better served boiling your head than watching this hyper-sexual and highly explicit 'art house' trash.

On the DVD: The Ages of Lulu is transferred at an anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 and image quality is very good, though in some scenes very slightly soft. The film can be watched with or without English subtitles, and the sound is unremarkable stereo. The main extras are a seven-page essay on Bigas Luna and five pages detailing the now restored 110 seconds of cuts made to the 1998 video release. The main title still contains 65 seconds of alternate footage to the cinema original for legal reasons. Also included are filmographies of Lunas and Oscar Ladoire, two trailers plus trailers for six other films.


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