A Madrid waitress, Lucia (Paz Vega), is mourning the loss of her boyfriend Lorenzo (Tristán Ulloa), a young novelist who died suddenly under mysterious circumstances. Unable to come to terms with his death, she takes a trip to a Mediterranean island that he told her about long ago as it is where important elements from his novels were spawned. Lucia also tries to reconcile her unresolved feelings while sorting through the events of the confusing weeks leading up to his death.
At the beginning of the film Lucia (Paz Vega) believing her lover and partner Lorenzo (Tristan Ulloa) is dead, takes off for an island that seems to hold the key to his fate. Six years earlier on that very island Lorenzo had had a brief fling with a stranger, Elena (Najwa Nimri) on a beautiful moonlit night. They return home to different parts of Spain, Lorenzo to Madrid where he meets Lucia. They fall passionately in love. But some years later Lorenzo discovers that from that sex-filled moonlit night on the island he has a daughter. He goes to watch her play in a plaza after school and there meets her babysitter Belen (Elena Anaya), whose mother is a star of porn films. Lorenzo is a novelist, he uses all of his life in his work.
This elliptical interweaving of connections is very seductive. The film gives Medem the chance to feature three most beautiful women, Vega, Nimri and Anaya are very impressive. Both Tristan Ulloa and Paz Vega are veterans of Spanish television, they make the leap to the big screen in grand style here. Interestingly Medem shot the film on digital video, it apparently allowed him to shoot reams and to concentrate on performances. And this is also the first film that he's located outside his Basque homeland. Even though the film is at times elusive, its cumulative impact is somehow quite powerful and moving. And it's good to note that the film has enough artistic merit despite its actual sex scenes to warrant an R-rating from the OFLC. Maybe artistic merit has something to do with subtitles.
Comments by David Stratton: Julio Medem's erotic film is deliberately confusing; the narrative is all over the place, and tend to reduce interest in the characters. Medem is a most interesting director, and his films – which rely on coincidences and chance encounters – are always worth looking at. This one's visually handsome but emotionally rather dead.