After the loss of her long-time boyfriend Lucia 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...
In Julio Medem's second feature, the Spanish director crafts a beautiful and complex examination of sexuality, love, and the boundaries between fiction and reality. Utilizing a complicated time-jumping structure, Medem tells the story of a young woman (Paz Vega) whose writer boyfriend (Tristan Ulloa) has just killed himself. In an effort to better understand their relationship and adjust herself to life without him, she retreats to a sparsely populated island where she knew he had once spent a vacation. While there, she meditates on her relationship, and the film intersperses these memories with scenes on the island, with an over-exposed sun casting a white glare over these scenes. Medem complicates this structure by weaving in quite a bit of material in which Ulloa, while dating Vega, discovers a daughter he never knew he had, engages in an ill-advised affair with the girl's teenage babysitter, and quite possibly loses his daughter as a result. Medem makes this thread deliberately ambiguous, so that it may be real, or fantasy, or simply the elaborate construction of Ulloa's latest novel which has become all too real for him. This ambiguity haunts the center of the film, and the intersections between the many different threads, whether real or imagined, eventually drive the film towards its contemplative and lovely finale. Medem's accomplishment at balancing this material so deftly between tragedy, romance, and intellectual exercise makes this one of the finest films of the new millenium -- sexy, smart, and emotionally complex all at once.
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An intricate and erotic story of lost loves and chance meetings from director Julio Medem ('The Red Squirrel', 'Lovers of the Arctic Circle'). When her novelist boyfriend dies in a car accident, Lucía (Paz Vega) retreats to a small Mediterranean island and stays at a guesthouse run by a woman named Elena (Najwa Nimri). Thinking back over the events which brought her here, Lucía soon discovers a network of magical connections which involve not only herself and her boyfriend, but also Elena, Elena's daughter, and fellow boarder Carlos.