It’s easy to dismiss Lucia y el sexo (Sex and Lucia) as a sleaze-fest. At a little over 2 hours, this 2001 Spanish movie is a difficult watch. Bold sex scenes abound and even an instance of sexual perversion is depicted. I wouldn’t be surprised if most viewers switched off their television sets halfway through the movie.
However persistent viewers will be rewarded with a glorious conclusion and an inexplicably delicate yet convoluted plot executed almost to perfection, unlike anything that one has seen.
Writer Lorenzo has a fling with Elena on his birthday which ultimately leads to her pregnancy. Lorenzo is oblivious of this and six years later has a relationship with Lucia. Things come to a head when he discovers that he has a daughter with Elena. All the while Lorenzo has been working hard on his new novel which derives its plot from his real life. Things come to a head when Lorenzo meets his daughter and cheats on Lucia with Belen, Elena’s friend. What follows is a complex array of coincidences and a roller coaster ride of emotional turmoil while the lines of reality and fiction for Lorenzo get blurred. If all this sounds incredibly complicated, it’s because it is.
Beautifully shot, this Julio Medem movie is a gem, filled with gutsy performances by the leads and deserves a repeat watch.
And of course, there’s the music. What can I say about Alberto Iglesias that hasn’t been said before? The moving and sometimes purely ethereal music lifts the movie to another level altogether. ’Me voy a morir de tanto amor’ ( literally ’I could die from so much love’) is one of my favourite tracks. If that name sounds familiar it’s because you have heard it in the episode ’The Fog’ in the third season of Mad Men. Incidentally Iglesias won a Goya Award for his work in the movie.
Sex and Lucia rewards it’s patient and attentive viewers with an unforgettable tale. Stick with it till the very end and you will take with you a twisted tale of love unlike anything seen before on the silver screen.
(Weird observation – in some scenes, Paz Vega looks remarkably similar to Cobie Smulders of How I Met Your Mother fame.)