Vicky Cristina BarcelonaDirector: Woody Allen
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/a>/a>/i>/a>… 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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Cast & Crew
|Penélope Cruz||Maria Elena|
|Javier Bardem||Juan Antonio|
|Patricia Clarkson||Judy Nash|
|Kevin Dunn||Mark Nash|
|Christopher Evan Welch||Narrator|
|Alain Bainee||Production Designer|
|Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto||Casting|
|Peter Glossop||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Sonia Grande||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jaume Roures||Executive Producer|
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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English for the Hearing Impaired
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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.
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
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.
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.
Outstanding performance, emotional, funny, this movie takes the viewer in a different world. The main three characters are excellent. Ms. Cruz performance is unforgettable.
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.
Engaging and engrossing story well performed
i didnt expect such a childish plot..was VERRRY disapointed and a waste of money especially on blu ray