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The Ages Of Lulu [VHS]

Francesca Neri , Óscar Ladoire , Bigas Luna    Suitable for 18 years and over   VHS Tape
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Francesca Neri, Óscar Ladoire, María Barranco, Fernando Guillén Cuervo, Rosana Pastor
  • Directors: Bigas Luna
  • Writers: Bigas Luna, Almudena Grandes
  • Producers: Andrés Vicente Gómez, Santiago Ganuza
  • Language: Spanish
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Aug 1995
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CWSH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,610 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Fifteen-year-old Lulu has never known any affection from her family. But when she goes to a rock concert with Pablo, a friend of the family, he introduces Lulu to her first sexual experience. Years later, Pablo and Lulu have married; Pablo has created a sheltered, private world for Lulu, into which nothing intrudes. However, Lulu tires of her cloistered existence, and begins hanging out in shady bars, looking for vicarious thrills and danger.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Impressively graphic, yet oddly empty 6 April 2013
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I always measure a character study by how well we've come to know the characters by the end of the film. In Shame, for example, I genuinely felt that I knew Fassbender's Brandon as a person, such was the craft of the acting and film-making; we peered into his very soul. In Cashback, we felt we knew Biggerstaff's Ben, because that film took the time to establish him properly. Those two very different films used two radically different techniques to fulfil the same role; make a character, make us know the character, make us seem real.

This film, however, seemed slightly empty to me; we never knew really "know" Lulu as the curtain shuts. We follow her from a 15 year old girl seduced by a much older man, to a mid-30 year old embarking on a sexual conquest of homosexual activity and S+M hi-jinks, but by the end, I didn't really know why she did what she did. She was never explored fully, and this was the big weakness of the film; as a central character, she never seemed like a character.

This is the films biggest weakness. There were strengths; the film was merciless in its slaying of taboos (paedophilia, incest, bondage, fisting), and yet it never felt that they were being put in their for the sake of it, and the screenplay provided context and justification for them. The acting was quite good; even if we are never allowed to see who she is, Francesca Neri put in a brave, committed and commendable performance as Lulu. Oscar Ladoire is also effective as the main love interest of Lulu, Pablo. It was competently made, drawing a perfect balance between arty and not overly showy, making it quite pretty to look at.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ages of Lulu 27 Jan 2003
By Lilly
This is a film about a woman's sexual coming of age and taking her all the way down the path of near self-destruction. Made by a well-known Spanish director, this film is soft porn art at its best whilst at the same time being a quality drama. It is beautifully filmed with very good acting. Not for lovers of the missionary position, it explores different ways of sexual expression which some may consider abnormal, tasteless or revolting. Definitely not a film for the narrow-minded or prude viewer. All others will thoroughly enjoy it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Typically European 13 May 2010
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I debated some time before deciding to purchase this DVD. Friends of mine had recommended it to as a devotee of French Cinema even if any recommendation is not French. What I enjoyed was the attitude to human relationships depicted in this film. The differences between American, British and continental film making is so marked. Subtlety is the word I use when watching this gendre of film. LuLu explores her sexual persona in a variety of ways from first fumblings to exotic variations. Between all the events, she marries and has a child which on the surface fails to bring any permanent contentment. She tries to fill the void with sexual encounters but at the end realises that physical excess is not the answer however enjoyable. It is a theme explored by many film makers but the Europeans generally seem to corner the market in eroticism. Recommended
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good voyeur fun 14 Nov 2006
I like to think I watch movies on the lowest level possible.

I am not gay neither am I homophobic, so the homoerotic scene, which was erotically supercharged, was great fun.

The later scenes have been described previously as wanting to make you puke. I didn't understand them at all. There was no detail in the film, so you would have to watch it with an S and M friend for an explanation.

Loved the incest. Very well done. A great moment in the film.

I imagine the film has a deep meaning for intelligent people. For myself I could not get beyond the intoxicating sexiness of the leading lady.

The only advice I can offer is don't watch it with your grandmother.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing! 20 Jun 2008
sorry for mistakes, I'm no native speaker...
"Lulu" from Almudena Grandes is one of the best erotic novels with a sadomasochistic topic. You find detailed, empathic, erotic and sensibly written moments of love and/or destruction. The film nevertheless is boring, superficial, sometimes tries to provocate, sometimes it works, maybe. It is not a NICE story, but it is quite a INTENSIVE story, but the film only floats along with no psychologic work. Depressing. Read the book.
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45 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible 5 Jun 2005
By A Customer
When I rented this film out I was expecting a semi erotic typical European film with an interesting morale, instead I found an excuse for the director to be pornographic and perverse in a sense that will put horrid images into your mind and off sexual fantasies for a long while. Especially a scene with the transvestite masturbating him/herself displays probably the most ugly manhood I have ever come across. A truly disturbing image as well as the ending which makes you want to vomit. The film could have been written with a lot more humanity and warmth and psychology between the main characters of Lulu and Pablo whose marriage we explore sexually - nothing else is really portrayed, we see them have a daughter but she only appears in the film twice as an infant and a young girl, then she seems to just dissapear. The film brings up a lot of interesting subplots and questions, incest, confused gener issues, domination etc but never follows up on anything in any way constructive. I left watching the film with a bad taste in my mouth and with these gruesome images of cruel and disturbed acts ruining my day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
This was a perfect gift for a friend who loves the collection and is extremely happy with the film. Thank you.
Published 4 months ago by Elaine
2.0 out of 5 stars Conserve electricity
It's a shame they could not afford the money to pay for lighting, a lot of scenes are so dark that one has to imagine what is happening, it's far from a good film so would not... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Norman E. Bryant
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting film
I did not find this film to be very erotic, but it does tell a fairly accurate story of how young people cope with their sexuality as they grow up, and how they cope with marriage... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Trythisitisgood
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful girl...
Lulu is lovely to look at, and the sex is pretty explicit. The story is rather tedious, though that may not be a surprise when considering this genre.
Published 11 months ago by J F Langford
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
To start with I couldn't understand what this young girl would see in Pablo, who seemed to be so much older than he was meant to be, but luckily he gets younger looking when he has... Read more
Published 13 months ago by sookifan
1.0 out of 5 stars It made me wanna shout
I bought this on recommendation of Amazon.

The story is about a girl called Lulu, there was me thinking it was a history of the annoying shouty scouse singer and I was... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Keith
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not best
It is an important piece of movie history and its erotic is faszinating. But towards the end it becomes too crazy...
Published 20 months ago by uwombat
4.0 out of 5 stars A female's perspective on exploration
The central character is introduced to sensual pleasure by the man she is in love with. Things move on to a point where a watershed is reached. Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2010 by Ian Hunter
1.0 out of 5 stars bordom
save yourself the cost of the film,paint your room wall make a cuppa,and watch the paint dry,its far more entertaining than this film.
Published on 28 Feb 2010 by keddycat
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