Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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Director: Woody Allen

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem

     
 

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Woody Allen's romantic drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona stars Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson as best friends Vicky and Cristina. As the movie opens, the pair of twentysomethings travel to Barcelona so that Vicky can work on her post-graduate degree. The two meet…  See more details below

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Woody Allen's romantic drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona stars Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson as best friends Vicky and Cristina. As the movie opens, the pair of twentysomethings travel to Barcelona so that Vicky can work on her post-graduate degree. The two meet the charming artist Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), who offers to take them on a vacation and make love to them. Vicky, being a happily engaged young woman, refuses, but Cristina is eager for this life experience. A love triangle begins to coalesce, and things grow more complicated when Juan Antonio's passionate, unstable ex, Maria Elena (Penélope Cruz), arrives to stay after a suicide attempt.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
During the unpleasant public fallout that came from the revelation of Woody Allen's relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, Allen gave a press conference where he answered a question about this new relationship by saying, "The heart wants what it wants. There's no logic to those things." That line serves as the governing principle of Allen's film Vicky Cristina Barcelona. However, far from an outright endorsement of this seemingly selfish approach to the world, the movie takes a clear look at the inevitable emotional fallout from acting (or not acting) on your heart's desires. The title characters are Vicky, an intelligent realist who savors the stability and normalcy of her engagement; and Cristina, a romantic dreamer, forever seeking out new experiences in order to dispel the dissatisfaction that continually haunts her. Both speak fluent "Woodyish," a too-often humorless, overly articulate patois that usually serves little more purpose than to advance the plot -- almost every line of dialogue sounds like subtitles being read out loud. The young actresses playing the leads, Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson, try their damnedest, but never quite make these women seem like anything more than story constructs. His Spanish actors, however, fare much better. Javier Bardem, as the passionate artist who seduces them both, gives his often-stilted lines a personal spin, bringing the film some spark whenever he is onscreen. As this love triangle plays out, the viewer honestly wants Bardem to choose the girl that will make him happy. His solid work keeps things moving until Penélope Cruz shows up as his tempestuous ex. Cruz's performance, as well as the screenplay, brings a new dimension to the typical Allen stereotype of a psychotic, neurotic woman full of sexual energy. There is real pain and lust and passion in this woman, and she provides the best moments in any Woody film since Sean Penn's hilarious, despicable jazz guitarist in Sweet and Lowdown. She brings Vicky Cristina Barcelona to life. The screenplay never flinches from the obvious pain the characters clearly feel as they act on, or ignore, their instincts. Allen offers no simple answers; being responsible can lead to a life of dull predictability and longing for what might have been, and following your heart will inevitably damage the people you once loved. It's a beautifully sad premise that, with more compelling central figures, might have become a true late-period Allen masterpiece. As it stands, Vicky Cristina Barcelona offers proof that Allen is still thinking about life and love, even if he isn't thinking as hard as he should about filmmaking.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2009
UPC:
0796019816724
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Weinstein Company
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
815

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Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Scarlett Johansson Cristina
Penélope Cruz Maria Elena
Javier Bardem Juan Antonio
Rebecca Hall Vicky
Patricia Clarkson Judy Nash
Kevin Dunn Mark Nash
Chris Messina Doug
Christopher Evan Welch Narrator
Zak Orth Adam,Actor
Carrie Preston Sally,Actor
Pablo Schreiber Ben,Actor
Julio Perillan Charles
Abel Folk Jay

Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director,Screenwriter
Javier Aguirresarobe Cinematographer
Letty Aronson Producer
Alain Bainee Production Designer
Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto Casting
Peter Glossop Sound/Sound Designer
Sonia Grande Costumes/Costume Designer
Alisa Lepselter Editor
Helen Robin Co-producer
Jaume Roures Executive Producer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Stephen Tenenbaum Producer
Gareth Wiley Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Vicky Cristina Barcelona
1. Two Best Friends [4:58]
2. Juan Antonio [7:26]
3. Contemplating the Invitation [2:23]
4. Getting to Know One Another [3:30]
5. The Seduction of Cristina [4:17]
6. Juan Antonio's Father [5:56]
7. Keeping Vicky Occupied [6:43]
8. A Chance Encounter [4:48]
9. Doug's Arrival [5:42]
10. European Souls [2:05]
11. Maria Elena [7:36]
12. Problems With Reality [6:54]
13. Cristina's Talent [5:35]
14. Exploring the Unpredictable [4:29]
15. The Dark Room [8:05]
16. Jusy Steps In [6:04]
17. The End of the Dream [6:28]
18. End Credits [3:22]

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anam More than 1 year ago
I am NOT a Woody Allen fan and I only rented this as it was a free choice. I am beyond pleased I made that choice. Penelope Cruz shines with with energy and beauty. The remaining characters compliment one another and their personalities when mixed together make a complicated cocktail that is tantilizing and robust leaving you to want more. The scenery is beyond words. In all it is an excellent movie that is worth watching more than once.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
Woody Allen has written and directed another European based film that feels like a view across the pond toward America: Allen is still Allen, but with the comparison of European attitudes with American narcissism makes this little film a bit more bitter than most of his others. As with most of Allen's movies, as fine as they are there are usually some annoying elements. In VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA that element is in the presence of an unseen narrator (Christopher Evan Welch) who provides the bridges among the various aspects of the film, bridges that in the presence of such a fine cast are unnecessary in fleshing out the characters and their odd situations.

Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) are best friends who have elected to spend a summer in Barcelona: Vicky intends to pursue her studies of Catalan art and architecture while Cristina needs to recover from her completion of a disappointing 12 minute film. Vicky is a pragmatist engaged to a 'good prospect' named Doug (Chris Messina) while Cristina longs for the unusual - something that will fill the gap in her perception that she is without talent. The two girls meet a famous artist Juan Antonio Gonzano (Javier Bardem) who, recovering from a strangely abusive marriage to the flamboyant Maria Elena (Penélope Cruz), puts the make on the two girls for a ménage a trois. Vicky is disgusted, Cristina is fascinated and somehow the trio is off for a wild weekend that turns into a strange interplay of even stranger personality types. Juan loves both, beds both, and problems arise - especially when his still beloved tempestuous Maria Elena arrives on the scene. Just about every variation of relationships is explored during this film with the audience more than willing to go along with the twists and turns that never cease to surprise and entertain.

Once again Javier Bardem proves he is one of our strongest actors on the screen and Penélope Cruz lights up the story like a rocket. Watching them both is reason enough to see this film. As for the script, Allen allows each of the characters to reference an aspect of Allen's own quirks, and in the end we have indeed heard yet another diatribe of how Woody Allen sees himself and the people who enter his sphere. The film is colorful, rich in fine music, and blessed with an impeccable cast. If it just didn't superimpose that narrator as a tour guide....Grady Harp
PipRo More than 1 year ago
I adore Woody Allen. There is not a single film made by him that has ever dissapointed me, or caused me to doubt his incredible artistic vision and talent. I did not, however, love Vicky Christina Barcelona.

The film is beautiful. It is enchanting, it is romantic. It is sexy and funny, and flirty. It is BEAUTIFUL to watch, as it was filmed in one of the most strikingly gorgeous places ont he planet. Watching VCB, I fell in love, with everything. The actors, the scenery, the costumes, the cinematography. There was not one single element that felt out of place or wrongly implemented. Except for the one thing that I feel ruined the entire film for me: the complete lack of a conclusion.

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm a writer. I appreciate a good cliffhanger, I love a story that depends on the audience to pull things together and sort something out for themselves. But that sort of ending is for a film that chalenges the audience, and compells them to view themselves for this film. I don't feel like I as the viewer was forced to involve myself in the story, therefor I did not feel it necessary to conclude what happened.

If it had ended with only the smallest questions and inquiries on your tongue, that would have been one thing. However, it has the distinct feel that a good 50 pages were just yanked out of the script and thrown away. It feels incomplete. I do not think it is finished!

If you are looking for a warm, sexy, aesthetically satisfying film where you can fall asleep 10 minutes till the end and not care what happens to the actors, then this is completely for you. But if you want more meat, and want to know what happens with these romantics... you are better off with something like Jules and Jim, a film that does NOT resolve every aspect, but which makes the unknown work.
drbillthedentist More than 1 year ago
This was a fun romp, especially for Woody Allen fans. The acting is superb and the pacing of the movie kept things moving along. It's no wonder that Penelope Cruz won an Academy Award for best supporting actress. If you don't like Woody Allen, see it anyway; it's the best of his recent works.
frenchfrog888 More than 1 year ago
Outstanding performance, emotional, funny, this movie takes the viewer in a different world. The main three characters are excellent. Ms. Cruz performance is unforgettable.
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NY_Reader1 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this movie, and I hate Woody Allen movies. I will say that Penelope Cruz makes this movie sparkle. She lights up every scene that she's in.

This movie also made me want to go to Spain. The countryside looks beautiful.
edwPA More than 1 year ago
Engaging and engrossing story well performed
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silou More than 1 year ago
i didnt expect such a childish plot..was VERRRY disapointed and a waste of money especially on blu ray