One thing SEX & LUCIA is not though is a traditional love story. Coming from Julio Medem (LOVERS OF THE ARTICLE CIRCLE), SEX & LUCIA is a somewhat elliptical tale, as the film jumps back and forth in time to differing stages in Lucia & Lorenzo’s relationship, with the film actually opening with Lucia learning about Lorenzo’s apparent suicide. It also focuses on their interaction with several other characters, including a young woman with whom Lorenzo has a brief, anonymous fling in the ocean before hooking up with Lucia. This woman ends up pregnant, and eventually she tracks down Lorenzo who by this point is using his own life as the basic for his new book.
To be sure, SEX & LUCIA is not a film for everyone, and it takes a bit a patience to get through at times. It all gets a tad convoluted towards the end (although it could be said that we’re actually watching Lorenzo’s novel play out). I don’t think realism was really the point here, as SEX & LUCIA opts for a poetic, dreamlike feel- helped along enormously by a gorgeous score courtesy of Alberto Iglesias, and the gorgeous digital photography. It’s also a hell of a role for Vega, who, judging from her work here, is an actress whose talent Hollywood has yet to really appreciate.