Sex and Lucia

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Sex and Lucia
Lucía y el sexo poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
SpanishLucía y el sexo
Directed byJulio Medem
Written byJulio Medem
Produced by
CinematographyKiko de la Rica
Edited byIván Aledo
Music byAlberto Iglesias
Distributed byWarner Sogefilms
Release date
  • 24 August 2001 (2001-08-24)
Running time
128 minutes
Box office$7.6 million[1]

Sex and Lucia (Spanish: Lucía y el sexo) is a 2001 Spanish drama film written and directed by Julio Medem, and starring Paz Vega and Tristán Ulloa,[2][3] alongside Najwa Nimri, Daniel Freire, Javier Cámara, Silvia Llanos and Elena Anaya.


Lucía, a waitress, is talking on the phone with her depressed writer boyfriend Lorenzo after they had a bitter argument and she walked out. Since he has been in a 'funk' for a while, she is worried and goes home to console him. Finding an empty apartment, Lucía is frantic. She receives a phone call from the police while finding a suicide note and is so afraid of bad news that she hangs up, assuming the worst. They call back, but she ignores the ringing phone, packs a bag, and flees. Looking for a new beginning, Lucía travels to the mysterious Balearic Islands that Lorenzo had always talked of, but had recently been very negative about.

Six years earlier, Lorenzo is having casual sex in the ocean on a bright moon-lit night with a beautiful married woman he had just met named Elena. They part ways, expecting never to see each other again. She discovers she is pregnant with his child, and tries to find him, but is unable to since she knows little about him.

Later, as Lorenzo talks with his literary agent at a restaurant, discussing his writer's block, Lucía catches his attention as he gets up from his table to get cigarettes. She asks to speak to him and he joins her. She brazenly tells him that ever since she read his latest book, she has been following him and has fallen passionately in love with him. A smitten Lorenzo immediately engages the sexy, passionate Lucía and she moves into Lorenzo's apartment.

The film then interweaves the past and present, both of the characters in the film, and of the characters in Lorenzo's novel.

Lorenzo repeatedly stalls for time on his new book with his editor, while his relationship with Lucía deepens. About six years pass. Lorenzo learns he has a daughter as a result of his encounter with Elena and begins to visit the child outside of her school, meeting her babysitter Belén.

Belén tells Lorenzo her mother is a recently retired porn actress with a new hot boyfriend, and virtually seduces Lorenzo with chatter of sexual context and banter about her fantasies. Lorenzo uses these encounters and his fantasies about Belén and her mother as content for his book, and Lucía reads about it, thinking it fiction. Meanwhile, he does not disclose his fatherhood to Lucía or the child, nor even attempt to contact Elena.

Belén flirts with Lorenzo and eventually invites him over to Elena's house while she babysits his daughter, Luna. Lorenzo tells Luna a bedtime story, and after she falls asleep, he and Belén begin to have sex. They are interrupted as Luna knocks at the bedroom door, and they watch in horror as the family dog, a large Rotweiler in 'protect mode', kills Luna. Belén is stunned. Lorenzo runs away and falls into a deep depression.

Lorenzo's writing turns dark, towards depraved sex and death. He anonymously contacts Elena, who has moved to the island to find solace and recall better days and provides her a nice story about a beautiful child that loves to swim in the sea, to cheer her spirits. But his now guilt-ridden and uncommunicative relationship with Lucía begins to collapse.

Back in the present, Lucía meets a scuba diver on the island, Carlos, and through him, Elena, who runs an inn on the island. Lucía rents a room, and the women bond as friends, not knowing their intimate connection. But when Lucía mentions Lorenzo by name, and his past visit to the island long ago, Elena deduces the connection. Lucía sees a picture of Luna (looking remarkably like her father and remembering the name from Lorenzo's novel) and she makes the connection too.

Lorenzo's editor visits Lorenzo in the hospital, where he was taken after being in an 'accident', spending several weeks in recovery. When Lorenzo asks about Lucía, the editor tells Lorenzo that Lucía probably thinks he is dead.

Lorenzo guesses Lucía is on the island and has the editor take him there. After both women discover that Lorenzo isn't dead, the three characters cope with and finally understand the entanglements of their interwoven relationships.



The film was produced by Sogecine, the production arm of Sogecable.[5] Shooting locations included Fuerteventura and Madrid.[4]

The Cap de Barbaria Lighthouse on Formentera was a pivotal filming location for the film, and served as the touchstone for the various characters' interwoven relationships.[6][7]


Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 71% based on 70 reviews, with a weighted average of 6.5/10. The site's consensus states: "Beneath the gratuitous nudity lies a complex and visually striking movie."[8] Metacritic, which uses an average of critics' reviews, gives the film a 65/100 rating, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[9]


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2002 16th Goya Awards Best Film Nominated [10]
Best Director Julio Medem Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Julio Medem Nominated
Best Actor Tristán Ulloa Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Najwa Nimri Nominated
Elena Anaya Nominated
Best New Actress Paz Vega Won
Best Original Score Alberto Iglesias Won
Best Cinematography Kiko de la Rica Nominated
Best Editing Iván Aledo Nominated
Best Sound Agustín Peinado, Alfonso Pino, Santiago Thevenet, Polo Aledo Nominated
11th Actors Union Awards Best Film Performance in a Leading Role Paz Vega Nominated [11][12]
Best Film Performance in a Secondary Role Elena Anaya Won
Najwa Nimri Nominated
Best Film Performance in a Minor Role Javier Cámara Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sex and Lucia at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Mitchell, Elvis (12 July 2002). "FILM IN REVIEW; 'Sex and Lucía'". The New York Times.
  3. ^ What Culture #7; Sex and Lucia
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Stone 2007, p. 218.
  5. ^ Izquierdo Castillo, Jessica; Casero Ripollés, Andreu (2010). "El papel de la televisión en las políticas de fomento de la industria cinematográfica en España" (PDF). Comunicación y desarrollo en la era digital: congreso AE-IC. 3, 4 y 5 de febrero de 2010. ISBN 978-84-614-2818-2.
  6. ^ "Far Del Cap de Barbaria". Illes Balears Film Commission. Retrieved 21 March 2023.
  7. ^ Basté, Jordi (9 August 2014). "Tras los pasos de `Lucía y el sexo´en Formentera". La Vanguardia.
  8. ^ Sex and Lucia at Rotten Tomatoes
  9. ^ Sex and Lucia at Metacritic Edit this at Wikidata
  10. ^ "Lucía y el sexo". Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  11. ^ "Paz Vega, Victoria Abril y Pilar López de Ayala compiten de nuevo por un premio". Libertad Digital. 3 March 2002.
  12. ^ Torres, Rosana (5 March 2002). "La Unión de Actores premia la trayectoria profesional de Adolfo Marsillach". El País.


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