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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

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

They say "the island" many times but they don't say its name. It is in fact, the tiny island of Formentera. See more »

Goofs

In one scene,the nipples of nude female are not same. 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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The US cut removes most of the frontal nudity and runs approximately 2 minutes shorter. See more »

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Yo Marco el Minuto
(Dive Mix)
Performed by Mala Rodríguez
(Mala Rodríguez (as Rodríguez) - Riba)
(c) Warner Chappell Music Spain, S.A. / Booouncing Bricks, S.L.
Por cortesía de Yo Gano, S.L.
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Slick and clever, but a bit too contrived to be genuinely engaging
19 November 2004 | by bitterstrangerSee all my reviews

Stories told in a so-called "magical realism" style like this film can be very tricky. The story and the characters need to be very strong to sustain all the twists of the plot and I don't think this was pulled off here. I was disappointed, as I'd enjoyed Medem's previous film Los Amantes del Circulo Polar, where the passionate love story seemed a lot more genuine and the tragic ending seemed to fit better with the theme of fate playing with people's lives than Lucia y el sexo's tragic-to-happy contortions.

Also, while the female characters were all charming and sexy, the male roles were really poor and unconvincing. What on earth did Lucia see in Lorenzo? There isn't enough to justify her endurance and patience with him. Their whole love story seems artificial from the inception, it seems there was too much work on the symbolism of their relationship - the tormented writer and storyteller, the reader and savior (Lucia as a ray of sunshine) - rather than on the real intensity of feeling between two people. The sex scenes are too stylish and sleek to be really passionate. Everyone is good looking and well dressed, they live in nice apartments, exist in a bubble where the society around them doesn't seem to affect them, this is obviously purposefully so and ideally you wouldn't mind that lack of realism if the story was engrossing enough, which it isn't.

The entire plot seems to revolve around the concept of the ability to deal with tragic fateful events by rewriting, literally and metaphorically, one's own life story. But the final optimism comes across as too artificial. The plot does not resolve the fate of the child Luna, Lorenzo's daughter. The tragedies seem more like a prop, a trick to demonstrate how love can conquer guilt, remorse and failure. They're not given enough weight. People slash their wrists or throw themselves under buses easier than they cry, then we're supposed to believe they can just forget and forgive and live happily ever after.

The director says he wanted to make everything "light" in this film, after the experience with the previous one. But I think he overdid it! There is a bit too much of the French 'Amelie' in Lucia's character, she is more like a beautiful fairy than a real person. Elena, too, is more a symbol of caring and nurturing (motherhood, cooking, taking care of Lucia) than a real grieving mother. Her lack of anger and bitterness is not very believable. The whole escapist symbol of the floating island becomes annoying after a while. It functions on the characters like a drug inducing apathy and oblivion, more of a way of avoiding pain than confronting it. But it's not that, it's the way in which it's presented and wrapped up at the end that really disappoints - too fancy and too abstract to really work.

It's not a bad film. It's full of eye candy - the spectacularly gorgeous Paz Vegas, the island, the photography - and it is well directed and well acted overall. But without all that, the story itself wouldn't really be worth much.


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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

24 August 2001 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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