A year or two ago this film was recommended to me by my beautiful cousin Tessa. Tessa is an artist and very creative, so I was sure that the movie would be eclectic and enjoyable. I watched it and loved it.
This movie is a total chick flick, (with a few scenes that the boyfriend might enjoy…) but it’s a chick flick with an edge.
It has the aura of being more realistic than a regular “love” story, as it’s much more complicated. The story line actually is more about women finding themselves, coming of age and the decision of whether to follow through on what’s expected. Not at all about “getting the guy” (which is BORING anyway).
It is also a movie that makes you want to drop everything, travel to Spain and find a spanish man to drink wine with, look at art with, travel to abandoned castles with and at the end of the night… you know.
This Woody Allen narrative style film is about two women who travel to Barcelona for a summer. Vicky (Rebecca Hall) is a responsible and practical girl who is engaged to an equally practical gent back in the USA. Christina (Scarlett Johansson) however is more free spirited and wild and changes her mind as quickly as she does her partners.
One evening after an art exhibit, they meet Juan Antonio, (Javier Bardem) a handsome Spaniard, who invites both women back to his home to enjoy an evening of Romance. Vicky, of course wants nothing to do with this but Christina is allured by Juan Antonio’s alternative and forward suggestions. Both girls end up getting to know Juan Antonio well but things take an interesting turn when his gorgeous and insane x-wife, Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz) comes back into the picture.
In the story, Vicky faces her conscience and expectations, where Christina is faced with decisions about her future and love life.
It’s difficult not to spoil, so I’m just going to tell you all – WATCH THIS MOVIE.
It is clever, funny, sensuous, erotic & in its own way inspiring for people who maybe need a little push to do things for themselves and to go after what their passionate about.
Woody Allen has been a hit or miss kind of story teller/ movie maker for me. A miss, for example was “To Rome With Love” – poorly cast (girl from Juno? No. & guy from Social Network. No. Making out? NO!!)
But Vicky, Christina, Barcelona was a HIT. A+ I loved it.
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