It is very likely “Lucia” is a good movie. It is also possible it is a terrible movie. I frankly have only a vague idea whether it might be either. In fact there is very little I can tell about the movie. Instead I can tell a lot about my efforts to actually watch it.
The Cuban movie “Lucia” is very difficult to obtain. Amazon has it for sale for 46£, which is outside my budget. Bongo, who printed the only version available on DVD, does not have it in stock. I might be able to find an American version I cannot watch on my player. The link on the 1001 movies hard-to-find list has expired. The only way I could watch this was on YouTube. Here only the second and third part of its three segments are available and these two episodes are not subtitled. Except you can make YouTube auto translate. Let me give you an example of the wonderful dialogue:
Man and woman talk to each other:
Because you can invent things you can
Invent things from my dad things from me
When I’m more at home I
Tranca says she spends her life
Talking about boyfriends and stuff
And my dad spoke mistakes and you didn’t”
The short of it is that I got zip out of the dialogue and was left with what I could see on the pictures.
The first segment I have not seen.
The second segment in the thirties is about a woman and a man. The man is apparently a revolutionary and ends up dead. She is very sad
The third segment take place in the sixties and is about a storming relationship between a woman and a man. They fight a lot and scream at each other. They have these voices you listen to and know they have been screaming a lot.
The music is nice, which is not surprising, Cuban music is very good. There is a very nice version of “Guantanamera” in the third segment.
This is a very hard way to watch a movie and it is only because I am a completionist that I endure this. Towards the end the lack of understanding meant that even the pictures lost interest and I just could not wait for it to finish.
If I manage to obtain a proper version, I will watch it again. Until then I will just cross it off my list and move on.