Sex and Lucia 2001

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In this sultry, erotic film Lucia is a waitress in Madrid. When her boyfriend dies she seeks refuge on a secluded island and, in flashbacks, remembers their passionate relationship while reconciling unresolved feelings. She also debates whether his death was suicide or an accident.

Starring:
Paz Vega, Tristan Ulloa
Runtime:
2 hours 2 minutes

Sex and Lucia

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, International
Director Julio Medem
Starring Paz Vega, Tristan Ulloa
Supporting actors Najwa Nimri, Elena Anaya, Daniel Freire, Silvia Llanos
Studio Palisades Tartan
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 April 2006
Format: DVD
(Slight word of warning, if necessary: this is just over 2 hours long, and being with subtitles and full of dialogue, much attention is needed thoughout)

Sensually the film has much to enjoy - the mediterranean sunshine, beaches, plenty of (often naked) eye candy for both sexes, and a decent soundtrack with notably a piano playing at 'significant' points in the flim

As others have commented the film revolves mainly around half-a-dozen late twenty-somethings and their intertwinings, emotional and physical, with a couple of very explicit sex-scenes both with brief (blink and you'll miss them) pornographic moments. But I'm going to sound a bit pretentious and suggest that the other viewers have mostly missed the main theme of the film

Although Lucia (and the sex) major in the film the main character for me is Lucia's boyfriend, Lorenzo. And what does Lorenzo do? He's a writer! And what do (fiction) writers do? They make things up! And that to me is what this film is really about - the art/process of writing, using imagination, making things up, and living/not living in what others see as the real world

Arguably the writer and director of the film are indulging themselves regarding the creative/writing process: its benefits (for the writer) and the effects it has on their lives and other people they know, and the rest is essentially subtext. Both Lorenzo and Elena separately say something like: " .... the beauty is you can stop half-way through and start again". Stop and restart what? What is the signifcance of the hole in the beach? Is anything/anyone ever actually seen there? Where does a writer, or anyone when 'creating', go? At one point Lorenzo, seeing the effect his story/writing has on Lucia, dashes off saying: "I must kill them off!" With a gun?
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Charlie S. on 28 April 2003
Format: DVD
This film is beautiful. It takes the viewer on a painful but incredibly rewarding journey, somehow effortlessly getting away with convenient plot twists which would be impossible to not view cynically in any other film. The craftsmanship of Julio Medem is as expected second to none, and his creation is one of the most original films I have experienced. Excellent acting, stunning cinematography, and a story which touches your soul. I cannot recommend 'Lucia y el sexo' highly enough.
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34 of 44 people found the following review helpful By G. Tittley on 18 Oct 2002
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Sex and Lucia is a powerful film exploring the differences between love and sex, licence and responsibility. The acting is superb - fresh, intelligent, adult and passionate - leagues above the Hollywood norm.
Medem's films are always interesting with their own quirky style (love it or dislike it); this is his most naturalistic film to date and very understanding of human emotions and frailties...
It has many underlying themes (moon/Luna etc) and symmetries that all come together into a very satisfying whole.
I loved it and found it uplifting despite its dark moments.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "chrismoffatt" on 9 Feb 2003
Format: DVD
It's hard to classify such a complex film into any genre; part passion drama, part comedy, part fantasy, Sex and Lucia will draw you in and not let go. The dreamy, bleached film quality reflects the delicate way in which the film floats between past and present, truth and imagination.
The key theme of the film is summarised by a question posed by Lucia to her partner: "Which would you prefer: wild sex with a stranger, or making love to a partner, which is also wild?".
A night of passion comes back to haunt Lucia's partner Lorenzo, when through a series of twists and turns he is confronted with the result of that night - his daughter Luna. Luna's mother, Elena, has escaped to an island hideaway, where she meets Carlos, step-father of a baby-sitter named Belen. A stolen night between Belen and Lorenzo is horribly interrupted by the death of the child Belen was meant to be babysitting. Guess who the child was? Luna, Lorenzo's daughter. Meanwhile, writer Lorenzo has been scripting his latest book, basing his writing on the story of his life. The climax of the film is the meeting of Lorenzo, Elena, Carlos and Lucia on the island, where the story is brought to its conclusion.
It's testimony to the skill of director Julio Medem that the viewer never loses track of this complex tale. Instead, you're sucked in and carried along on a wave of emotion and drama. This is a deeply moving, warm film that simply invites repeated viewing!
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By cartoon on 16 Jun 2014
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Spanish are one of my favourites in world cinema and this is a classic ; a crazy odd story dividing what is real , what could be real and what could be a writer playing tricks . Beautiful actresses [ young Paz Vega and Elena Anaya before Almodovar made them stars] , erotic scenes that actually look beautiful and a fun magic realism plot . Perfect.
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By Laura Bailey on 20 May 2014
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The plot is girl meets boy has one night stand. Boy meets another girl and they move intogether that same night. Boys friend is the catalyst for the whole plot turning sour. Boy then discovers he has daughter from one night stand, has affair with babysitter and daughter gets tragically mauled to death by family dog. Boy commits suicide. Girl goes to live with one night stand girl.
There are a few erections included in sex scenes.
There is some lovely scenery, but I felt v unnerved putting a dead child and sex together
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