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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Un rayo de sol.
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,...
Published on 28 April 2003 by Charlie S.

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars making it up
(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...
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars making it up, 7 April 2006
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This review is from: Sex And Lucia [2002] [DVD] (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? 'Course not, but with his keyboard

Near the end of the film Elena is seen looking at Lucia, Lorenzo, and his friend Pepe. Seconds later, at the exact same place, the three have vanished, and instead we see her looking through a doorway at a computer tucked away in the corner of an adjacent room. So where have they gone, and how? Hardly difficult to work out, surely

Utimately this is another film where arty types are talking about themselves and what they do. It's okay I guess, (especially if the creative/arts world is your scene), and i'd recommend it for watching at least once, with its mix of scenery, sex, inter-personal drama, etc, but essentially it's ALL a story - a story within a story
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Un rayo de sol., 28 April 2003
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Charlie S. (Chester, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Sex And Lucia [2002] [DVD] (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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "If you write this well, it'll be the story of your life.", 16 Jan 2012
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Julio Médem's follow up to Lovers of The Arctic Circle covers similar themes of love, loss and chance meetings but manages to feel very different. The desolate snowy landscape is replaced with more traditionally romantic beaches and moonlit seas as a lush island becomes the focal point for a story which begins and ends there...

Driven by grief, Lucia travels to the island her boyfriend often spoke about before she found his suicide note and received a phone call from the police. The film mixes chronology so that we get to see how Lucia and Lorenzo first met, she being a stalking fan of the author and declaring her love for him when they first spoke - it's a relationship initially based on passionate spontaneity. The film initially focusses on the importance of the sexual side of their relationship, cynics may believe this simply to be an excuse to cram lots of bare flesh into the film but the scenes are genuinely sensual rather than just sexual. Through their sexual activity we see how close they are, it's not just rampant shagging - we see intimacy, and playfulness - messing around with a Polaroid camera demonstrates the sense of fun which exists between the couple, and a saucy striptease descends into pure comedy when Lorenzo reciprocates and puts on a show. This is a couple very much in love and enjoying each other's company.

Given that we see the apparent end of Lorenzo at the beginning of the film, we know that his life is surely one tinged with tragedy and a sexual encounter years previous sets events in motion which sees three main characters and their own very personal stories become linked. There is a reliance on coincidence in Sex And Lucia, implausible moments which fit into the overall narrative too easily, but this feels like a dark fairy-tale and the film just about manages to get away with it. In addition to the duality of the timelines, a third story takes place inside Lorenzo's novel - a story which blends together elements of reality which sometimes seem more like fiction. The title of this film may be a literal translation but the emphasis changes and it doesn't quite fit - it suggests that sex and Lucia are the main components of the film when in actuality Lorenzo is probably the main character and the sex in the title isn't always with Lucia. Sex plays an important part and the repercussions of it help to tie together a set of characters as their stories converge.

This was filmed in HD but so far there is no European Blu-Ray release (There is a Region A encoding American release) which is a shame as the level of detail at times is high, with scenes involving faces and skin looking very good and no doubt will be incredible on Blu-Ray. DVD extras are sparse with filmographies for three of the actors, some film notes and a trailer. The film notes are 6 pages of text which analyse the film and make comparisons to Médem's Lovers Of The Arctic Circle. Interestingly it details how this started off as a lightweight project but eventually saw 2 scripts merged into one and although I wasn't expecting much from this bonus, it was a fascinating and well structured read.

In a nutshell: Non-linear films can sometimes be a challenge to watch, but Sex And Lucia isn't overly surreal and the way the film subtly shifts perspective so that we see things through different characters eyes help to keep the story fresh. There's a lot of nudity as you expect from a Médem feature and sex is used to symbolise intimate connections, it works well and the film satisfyingly ties up loose ends just when you feel it is starting to lose coherence.
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34 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning film, 18 Oct 2002
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G. Tittley (Scotland, UK) - See all my reviews
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, passionate and satisfying, 9 Feb 2003
This review is from: Sex And Lucia [2002] [DVD] (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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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This film took my breath away., 10 Mar 2003
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I have not sat through a film giving so much attention for a very long time. The story, the camera work and the acting are by and far above anything I have seen in an ‘art film’, or any other film. It makes you laugh while watching a real male striptease, cry as you will always be looking for holes in the sand and hate dogs even more than you do now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars briliant sexy surreal, 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Unsure?, 20 May 2014
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Laura Bailey "lauraelbailey" (Leeds, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Artsy-rich visuals, vague symbolism and explicit scenes, 23 April 2014
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If you’ve ever scoured a ‘World Cinema’ section, you’ve probably seen the picture of a windswept Paz Vega + red dress + bike + penis-shaped lighthouse? Guess what? That iconic image isn’t even in the film! FAIL! Back to the movie though: unsurprisingly, there’s random nudity and sexual acts throughout, which feel there for no other reason that to ‘kink’ up the film, and make the “tortured writer and other young, attractive people in personal crises” storyline a bit more interesting.

It peaks in a bizarre porno side-story in the middle act. The visuals are striking (unique, bold, washed-out, faded etc) and often beautiful, but continual emphasis on sun, moon and sea feel a smidgen on the ridiculous and end up blurring the boundaries between which scenes is dreams/fantasies, flashbacks, or scenes from the writer’s story. Paz Vega (Lucia) is great – and lets face it, who WOULDN’T want a stalker like her!?!? The cast in general are all good, and pull off some (melo)dramatic scenes when required.

All of the artsy-rich visuals, vague symbolism and explicit scenes means that the film overstays its welcome by the end, and when you cut them all out, you’re left with a half-decent melodramatic story and some dramatic suckerpunches – it’s definitely destined to stay out in the ‘arthouse’. Sex and Lucia is unsurprisingly less of a cinematic classic, and more of a piece of smutty art.

Score: 4/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab, 18 April 2014
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Excellent gift for a friend who enjoyed the film a lot and is a very happy person and cant wait to watch it again.
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