Sex and Lucia

August 24th, 2001


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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.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 7.3/10 (17,097 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: Julio Medem

Stars: Paz Vega, Tristán Ulloa, Najwa Nimri

Lucía is a young waitress in a restaurant in the centre of Madrid. After the loss of her long-time boyfriend, a writer, she seeks refuge on a quiet, secluded Mediterranean island. There, bathed in an atmosphere of fresh air and dazzling sun, Lucía begins to discover the dark corners of her past relationship, as if they were forbidden passages of a novel which the author now, from afar, allows her to read.

Paz Vega - Lucía
Tristán Ulloa - Lorenzo
Najwa Nimri - Elena
Daniel Freire - Carlos / Antonio
Elena Anaya - Belén
Silvia Llanos - Luna
Diana Suárez - Madre de Belén
Javier Cámara - Pepe
Juan Fernández - Jefe
Charo Zapardiel - Comadrona
María Álvarez - Enfermera (as María Alvarez)
Javier Coromina - Camarero Chiringuito (as Javier Corominas)
Arsenio León - Futbolista
Alesandra Alvarez - Luna 1 año
David Bulnes - Actor porno


Official Website: Official site [Spain] trailer, clips, info, music (Spanish) | Palm Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 24 August 2001

Filming Locations: Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain

Opening Weekend: ESP 83,400,000 (Spain) (26 August 2001) (110 Screens)

Gross: $1,490,177 (USA) (27 October 2002)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Some of the most sexual explicit content was made by doubles, not by the main actors.

Lucía: Which do you prefer? Wild sex with a stranger? Or sex with someone you know, someone you love, but also wild?
Lorenzo: What?
Lucía: You have to choose. Wild sex with a stranger, or wild sex with someone who's crazy about you, and who you love? Go ahead. Be frank.
Lorenzo: With you.
Lucía: Finally...

User Review

It's not about sex. . .

Rating: 9/10

. . .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.