Sex and Lucía (2001)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance

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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.




  • Tristán Ulloa and Paz Vega in Sex and Lucía (2001)
  • Elena Anaya and Julio Medem in Sex and Lucía (2001)
  • Najwa Nimri and Tristán Ulloa in Sex and Lucía (2001)
  • Julio Medem and Paz Vega in Sex and Lucía (2001)
  • Julio Medem in Sex and Lucía (2001)
  • Paz Vega in Sex and Lucía (2001)

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15 July 2002 | Rogue-32
| It's not about sex. . .
. . .and it's not really even about Lucia! Lucia y el Sexo is actually about Lorenzo, Lucia's novelist boyfriend, and the consequences of a sexual encounter he had in the past which has led to a catastrophic event in his life. It's a languid and tempestuous poem of a movie, told in a non-linear way by the extremely ambitious Julio Medem.

As a novelist myself, I deeply related to Lorenzo's blurring of reality and imagination. Your characters MUST be real to you in order for them to live and breathe on the page, and so much of your own life goes into the characters that the lines of course do blur. And then there's the subconscious, which cannot differentiate between fantasy and reality. Medem understands all this very well, and his depiction of it is remarkable.

The title, I believe, refers to Lorenzo's past (The Sex and what happened as a result of it), and his present (Lucia). Paz Vega and Tristan Ulloa are stunning as the two leads - Vega with her fierce intelligence and Ulloa with his tormented vulnerability. I would have given this film a 10 if it hadn't been for the fact that the most pivotal scene is shot in an incredibly vague manner, which left me confused as to what had actually happened until much later in the movie, but it is a brilliant and heartfelt experience nonetheless.

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Release Date:

24 August 2001


Spanish, English

Country of Origin

Spain, France

Filming Locations

Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,591 14 July 2002

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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