Sex and Lucia
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From acclaimed Spanish director Julio Medem (Lovers of the Artic Circle) comes one of the sexiest and most provocative films of the year. Sex and Lucía is an intensely erotic, daring and hypnotic tale of love and lust. After the loss of her boyfriend, Lucía (Paz Vega) escapes to a quiet Mediterranean island where she meets a new man and discovers the dark secrets of her past relationship. Audiences worldwide have embraced the film s sexual explosiveness and passionate storytelling. Dramatic,
challenging and deeply romantic, Sex and Lucía has garnered much critical acclaim for its sensual bravery.
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Both the storytelling and style of the movie can be called unique.
It starts mixing reality with fiction and its hard to tell what really happened and what didn't. It features lots of 'what-if' themes and the story is being rewritten in the characters mind, also with lots of symbolism, mainly with the moon and the water. It doesn't make this the most accessible movie but then again, you don't ever have to watch an European movie for its accessibility.
Things start off quite slow but as the story develops the story gets more and more complicated and non-linear, when the line between fiction and reality gets blurred more and more. It does make the movie hard to follow at times but it at the same time makes the movie more interesting to watch and enables everybody start to define things on their own. You of course have to be open to these sort of movies though. Also the very explicit nudity isn't just for everybody.
Sex plays a key part in the movie. It helps to tell the story and plays a significant role in the story lines and help to indicate when things are truth or fiction. Never before has sex played such a key part in the storytelling of a movie.
This movie is always presented as a Paz Vega but this movie it's main character is in my opinion played by Tristán Ulloa. He's the writer, were the entire movie involves around. The story is mostly set inside his head. The three main actors (Paz Vega, Tristán Ulloa, Najwa Nimri) of the movie are really good and carry the entire movie.
Visually the movie is really great and impresses just as much as the storytelling of the movie. The camera-work and colors are really great and create a very unique atmosphere for the movie. It helps to make "Lucía y el sexo" an even bigger and more enjoyable movie to watch, visually.
Those who are open for an unique, one of a kind, unusual movie experience, will surely be delighted with this magnificent beautiful looking and constructed movie.
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
S&L is a ultimately a story about the deepening relationships between lovers, and the degree to which they progress from physical intimacy to emotional intimacy and ultimately life and death. What appear at the beginning of the film to be casual flings turn into much significant couplings with unanticipated consequences. The viewer must piece together the overall storyline from the creative vision of writer/director Julio Medem, who jumps back and forth in time and films some scenes with an ethereal, dreamlike quality that has the viewer wondering whether the events portrayed really happened or not. Medem's techniques create a European art-house cinematic quality for the film, but they also create a puzzle to be solved by the viewer.
There are many other attractive elements within S&L, chief among them two of the lead actresses, the stunningly beautiful Paz Vega in the title role and the equally enticing Elena Aneya in a seductress role. It is impossible for me to choose which actress is more appealing or who gives a better performance. Fortunately, we get to see all of the charms of both actresses. There are several absolutely delicious scenes in the movie, including a loveplay scene with Vega's character Lucia and her partner wielding a Polaroid camera, and a seduction scene in a park with Aneya's character Belen, in which she entices her prey by explaining her mom's profession and her living arrangements. The male character in both of these scenes, Lorenzo, is a tortured writer, but with women like this in his life, one has to wonder a bit why he is suffering so much.
That said, there are a few weak components of S&L. The actors playing the roles of Lorenzo (Tristan Ulloa) and the role of Elena (Najwa Nimri) weren't well cast, in my opinion. It was hard for me to believe Ulloa was an intellectual, and Nimri seemed a little old for her role, and was nowhere near as enticing as the other two female leads. But the positives definitely outweigh the negatives and I will be a repeat viewer, both to understand the story better and to appreciate the film even more.
The story, simply put, centers on Lucía, who is a young waitress in a restaurant in Madrid. After the loss of her writer boyfriend (Lorenzo), she seeks refuge on a quiet, secluded Mediterranean island that Lorenzo told her about and wanted to return to for a visit. On the island, Lucía begins to discover something of the dark side of her relationship with Lorenzo through a novel he was working on.
There are strong performances by Paz Vega (as Lucia), Tristan Uolla (as Lorenzo) and Najwa Nimri (as Elena who runs a small hotel on the island). Director Julio Medem has made a film that explored love and relationships in a thought provoking story, beautifully filmed. I found that the film is rewarding and I enjoyed viewing it more than once to pick out parts of the story that I had missed the first time. Sex and Lucia is no rated but I would think it would be NC-17 if it were to carry one.
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REPLAY VALUE: 3.5/5
A D V I C E: Recommended
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