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Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Oscar nominee Penelope Cruz (Volver) and Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson (The Nanny Diaries) light up the stunning city of Barcelona in this sexy romantic comedy. Vicky and Cristina are two young Americans spending a summer in Spain, who meet a charming Casanova and his beautiful but volatile ex-wife. When they all become romantically entangled, the smoldering sparks begin to fly in hilarious fashion. Critics rave, Vicky Cristina Barcelona is one of Woody Allen s finest films, with bravura performances from its incredible cast (Jeffrey Lyons, Reel Talk/NBC).
It must be true that getting out of town can do a fellow a lot of good, because Vicky Cristina Barcelona is the best movie Woody Allen has made in years. Okay, you're right, 2006's Match Point already claimed that honor and, as Allen's first film made in England, established the virtues of getting away from overfamiliar territory (namely Manhattan). But the Woodman's first film made in Spain matches the ice-cold Match Point for crisp authority, and yields a good deal more sheer pleasure besides. Rebecca Hall (Vicky) and Scarlett Johansson (Cristina) play two young Americans, best friends, spending a summer in Catalonia. Vicky is going for a master's in "Catalan identity" (though her Spanish is shaky); Cristina is going along for, oh, just about anything. That soon includes celebrated abstract artist Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), who's anything but abstract in his forthright proposition that the two join him in his private plane, his travels, and his bed. That he has an insane ex-wife, Maria Elena (Penélope Cruz), who may or may not have tried to kill him is not really an issue until the wife reappears and ... well, consider the possibilities.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona isn't exactly a comedy, at least not in the manner of Allen's "early, funny ones," but it's informed by a rueful wit that finds its fullest expression in reflective voiceover commentary. Spoken by Christopher Evan Welch, but surely on behalf of the 73-year-old auteur, this element of the film is neither (as some have charged) patronizing nor uncinematic; rather, it's integral to the movie's participation in a venerable European literary tradition, the sentimental education. Instead of Bergman or Fellini, this time Allen is invoking the François Truffaut of Jules and Jim and Eric Rohmer in his many meditations on the game of love. The entire cast is terrific (both Hall and Johansson get to play "the Woody part" at different points), with Bardem and Cruz especially delightful as exemplars of Old Worldliness. Cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe honors every drop of Catalonian sunlight and glint of Gaudí architecture. --Richard T. Jameson
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We have the typical American girl Vicky that is engaged and want to fulfill her American Upper Class societal role that succumbs to nature. You have the typical free and carefree societal American Butterfly, Cristina) that is experimenting life and has no moral issues whatsoever. On the European side we have Javier Barden the typical Dalí reincarnated and Penelope Cruz, a neurotic extremely explosive Spanish Artist. That as a matter of fact acts more as the typical Latina or Spanish wife than a exwife.
In here you see a rare thing, the effects of power transfer and power stacking that happens is a Ménage a Trois. You se the forbidden fruit of a open poly relation that only lasted a moon cycle.
The movie explores the hypocrisy of our social arrangements and the cost of marrying the wrong person! Maybe happiness lies in the freedom to be able to have whatever you might want.
The theme of this film reminds me of the Beach in some respects. Both films explore the desire for perfection, as well as its ultimate elusiveness. Even when the perfect state is seemingly achieved, it can only be maintained for a brief moment. If you like Woody Allen films, you may also like this. But if you liked the Beach, you may love this movie.
And then there is Penelope Cruz. Such a forceful actress in anything I have seen her in. She is also one of the few that makes you feel like you could actually fall in love with her.
I also wanted to mention that this would make a great double feature with "Fading Gigolo [Blu-ray]". Not a Woody Allen movie but certainly in his spirit.
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In this great Woody Allen -film you get to see Barcelona with the eyes of the tourist. It is a city where the senses are stirred, and awakened.
Vicky and Cristina are two young students, who have very different attitudes to studying.
One studies something really obscure, but planned in detail, just as her life is planned.
The Other is ( romantically ) un-planned. She is easily distracted, and her love life, too, is quite un-planned, and full of distractions.
Both are, like students mostly are, experiencing their own 'Education Sentimentale'.
This education of feelings is speeded up by staying in Barcelona, and by the sensuous affair they both have with one and the same man( javier Bardem ).
The end result of their emotional earthquake is that the calculating, strategically gifted Vicky, gets more self-knowledge, while the romantically
inclined Cristina seems not to get to know herself better. She will probably go on repeating her passionate relations, until she eventually may have learned her lessons in life - or not.
Both types of women, the calculating, and the romantic, can be found in earlier Woody Allen films.
In 'Vicky-Cristina-Barcelona' there is no prejudice, kindness and wisdom rule here.
Bodil Marie - Revisiting Romanticism.
That aside, as a film in its own right, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will watch it again and come back to it over the years. The strong cast is an added bonus, and the Oscar for Cruz was thoroughly deserved. As for Javier Bardem - his range is amazing, having been basically the psychotic central character in "No Country For Old Men", to then transform into this romantic and seductive character in Allen's film, is a testament to his unlimited abilities as an actor. Brilliant.
On the subject of the voice over - it's neither annoying nor adding anything, but it is what it is - part of the movie and as long as you don't try to over-analyse that too, then it's not a problem.
Watch it, enjoy it, and you will find yourself with a smile on your face.
A film can work like that and this one does. Powerful performances from the two Spanish leads (Javier Bardem and Penélpe Cruz) if perhaps weaker performances from the two non-Spanish leads (Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall).
Penélpe Cruz's performance won an Oscar and a BAFTA for best supporting actress. These awards were well deserved and it is Cruz who makes this film worthwile.
Shallow unattractive characters with too much money and too much time on their hands interact romantically. The problem is , who cares? . Its all so unbelievable that even alowing for it all looking beautiful it is totally uninvolving and, despite being quite short, rather boring.