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Sex and Lucia

Year: 2001
Director: Julio Medem
Writer: Julio Medem
Cast: Paz Vega
If I'd made the connection with Paz Vega's name in this film (the same hottie that was in Spanglish), I would have taken a lot more notice of her. Pervy types who saw it wishing she'd take her clothes off should watch this movie without any delay - she walks around gloriously full frontal several times and takes part in some beautiful sex scenes.

In fact, it highlights the differences between the two major streams of cinematic language in the Western world; American - where violence is depicted with little judgement but nudity and sex are a moral issue, and European - where the opposite is true.

But between Vega and Elana Anaya as the delectable Belen, it's more satisfying than most porno films. When Belen walks in to Lorenzo dressed in skimpy lingerie, slinks over to him, lays him down and swings her leg over him in a 69 position, it will nearly bring you to orgasm.

And the sequences where Lucia (Vega) and Lorenzo fall in love (and lust) and not only very hot but refreshingly real.

That said, there should be more to it than nudity and sex. And there is, I just had no luck deciphering it. It's got to do with a woman coming home to find her writer boyfriend gone after bouts of depression. She follows him to an island holiday destination of theirs and she gets mixed up with the eccentric and highly sexed locals while he tries to connect with who he is, including his newly-discovered fatherhood.

However, almost nothing that goes on is very clear, and while you can feel a definite storyline under the surface, it's virtually impossible to follow, even without the fractured storyline. Maybe it's one of those films you have to watch three times. Not that it wouldn't be worth watching Vega lay around and walk along the beach naked a few more times.

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