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

Writer:

Julio Medem
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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

Lucia is a waitress who lives and works in Madrid. After what she believes to be the loss of her boyfriend, the tortured writer Lorenzo, she flees to a secluded island that he had often told her about. There she meets Carlos and Elena, who have also run away to the island to escape personal tragedy. Unbeknownst to them, all three have a connection to Lorenzo. Elena met him many years ago on that same island and enjoyed beautiful, anonymous lovemaking with him in the sea by the light of a full moon. 9 months later, Elena gave birth to Luna, but never managed to find Lorenzo. Carlos was the stepfather of Belen, who disappeared after she unwittingly caused the death of Luna. As she hears more about the past of her two new housemates, Lucia is reminded of the book Lorenzo was writing, a tale about a journey into a dark, deep past that brought on his depression. Soon, the lines between fact and fiction begin to fall apart. Written by Cervantes

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Drama | Romance

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

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The movie is divided in two chapters: "Lucía" and "El Sexo" which gives its title to the movie. See more »

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A full moon between two buildings is shown during midday when Lorenzo meets his daughter Luna for the first time - which is astronomically impossible. See more »

Quotes

Pepe: [At Lorenzo's birthday party] Well, the baby girl was born in Madrid. But she was conceived on a beach, on an island, a night like tonight, with a stranger from Madrid. It was his birthday. If you write this well, it'll be the story of your life. And my birthday gift to you.
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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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Give Me the Seventies
Performed by Carlos Jean (as Jean)
(Carlos Jean (as Carlos Jean Arriaga))
(c) Warner Chappell Music Spain, S.A. / Pizza Pop, S.L.
Por cortesía de Subterfuge Records, S.L.
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Outstanding European cinema
13 May 2002 | by Chris_DockerSee all my reviews

(8/10) Refreshing, delightful, sexy. moving and thought-provoking movie from Spain. Not really porn (as the title might suggest) although there is some very artistic explicitness. It is movies like this one that remind us that European cinema can scale the emotional dilemmas and mountains of a story where other films look at a storyline in terms of physical developments. Lucia, a young waitress in Madrid, falls completely in love with a writer. After a period of blissful togetherness, something from his past pulls him in two directions. We are caught up in his moral dilemma, of not wanting to lose the wonderful gift he has found and yet not wanting to be untrue to himself. The semi-autobiographical novel he is writing pulls together the story and the emotions and hopes of the characters and introduces ideas that enable them to heal some of their hurt. A central idea is that of finding a hole (symbolically on the sandy beach) where, after reaching the end of the story, you can jump back into the middle. That way you can try an make things turn out better ("If you give me time", says Lorenzo, Lucia's boyfriend.) A more mature and rounded work than the Director's earlier "Lovers of the Arctic Circle", Sex and Lucia combines wonderful acting, a great story, innovative cinema and spine-tingly beautiful photography. One of my favourite films of the year.


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Country:

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 USA:

$47,591, 14 July 2002

Gross USA:

$1,594,779

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,640,680
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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