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Sex and Lucía (2001)

Lucía y el sexo (original title)
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Various lives converge on an isolated island, all connected by an author whose novel has become inextricably entwined with his own life.

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Julio Medem

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Julio Medem
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paz Vega ... Lucía
Tristán Ulloa ... Lorenzo
Najwa Nimri ... Elena
Daniel Freire ... Carlos / Antonio
Elena Anaya ... Belén
Silvia Llanos Silvia Llanos ... Luna
Diana Suárez Diana Suárez ... Madre de Belén
Javier Cámara ... Pepe
Juan Fernández Juan Fernández ... Jefe
Charo Zapardiel Charo Zapardiel ... Comadrona
María Álvarez María Álvarez ... Enfermera (as María Alvarez)
Javier Coromina ... Camarero Chiringuito (as Javier Corominas)
Arsenio León Arsenio León ... Futbolista
Alesandra Alvarez Alesandra Alvarez ... Luna 1 año
David Bulnes David Bulnes ... Actor porno
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Storyline

Lucía is a young waitress in a restaurant in the centre of Madrid. After the loss of her long-time boyfriend, a writer, she seeks refuge on a quiet, secluded Mediterranean island. There, bathed in an atmosphere of fresh air and dazzling sun, Lucía begins to discover the dark corners of her past relationship, as if they were forbidden passages of a novel which the author now, from afar, allows her to read. Written by Julio Medem

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Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Spain | France

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

24 August 2001 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Sex and Lucía See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€501,170 (Spain), 24 August 2001, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,591, 14 July 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,490,177, 27 October 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,640,680, 31 December 2003
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the most sexual explicit content was made by doubles, not by the main actors. See more »

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In one scene,the nipples of nude female are not same. See more »

Quotes

Carlos: This really isn't an island.
Lucía: It isn't?
Carlos: It's a giant lid. A floating piece of earth. Like a raft.
Lucía: But it isn't moving.
Carlos: People get dizzy here during high tide. And no one knows why.
Lucía: Except you.
Carlos: I've dived underneath the whole island. It's totally hollow. Thousands of caves, but nothing else. Not a single rock connects it to the sea floor.
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Alternate Versions

The US cut removes most of the frontal nudity and runs approximately 2 minutes shorter. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cuestión de sexo: Gonzalo y el sexo (2008) See more »

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Un Rayo de Sol
Written by Daniel Vangarde (as Vangarde), Claude Carrere (as Carrere) and Amado Jaén (as Jaen)
(c) Bleu Blanc Rouge Editions Soc - Editions Productions Zagora
Ediciones Musicales Clipper's, S.L.
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It's not about sex. . .
15 July 2002 | by Rogue-32See all my reviews

. . .and it's not really even about Lucia! Lucia y el Sexo is actually about Lorenzo, Lucia's novelist boyfriend, and the consequences of a sexual encounter he had in the past which has led to a catastrophic event in his life. It's a languid and tempestuous poem of a movie, told in a non-linear way by the extremely ambitious Julio Medem.

As a novelist myself, I deeply related to Lorenzo's blurring of reality and imagination. Your characters MUST be real to you in order for them to live and breathe on the page, and so much of your own life goes into the characters that the lines of course do blur. And then there's the subconscious, which cannot differentiate between fantasy and reality. Medem understands all this very well, and his depiction of it is remarkable.

The title, I believe, refers to Lorenzo's past (The Sex and what happened as a result of it), and his present (Lucia). Paz Vega and Tristan Ulloa are stunning as the two leads - Vega with her fierce intelligence and Ulloa with his tormented vulnerability. I would have given this film a 10 if it hadn't been for the fact that the most pivotal scene is shot in an incredibly vague manner, which left me confused as to what had actually happened until much later in the movie, but it is a brilliant and heartfelt experience nonetheless.


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