Vicky Cristina Barcelona 2008

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In this erotically charged, touching and hilarious rom com two American girls are in Barcelona. Vicky is practical and engaged. Cristina is adventurous and single. But both are about to have their world turned upside down by an infamous, bohemian artist and his psychotic ex-wife.

Starring:
Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz
Runtime:
1 hour 36 minutes

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Woody Allen
Starring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz
Supporting actors Scarlett Johansson, Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Dunn, Rebecca Hall, Chris Messina
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 April 2012
Format: DVD
The Patricia Clarkson role is vital in this film, without wanting to give too much away. And what a good actress she is, adding something substantially to every film I've seen her in. She is not in a leading role here, but these are expertly cast too, so that as usual you feel Allen is guiding you masterfully through the twists and turns of the plot. These are compelling, I found. At times the film reminded me a bit of Jules et Jim, with a menage a trois complete with bikes and country lanes ... and a charmingly insinuating soundtrack. And the theme of mental instability is also a parallel ... Penelope Cruz really pushes her character to an extreme but it works very well in the context (in line with the Jeanne Moreau character, but physically more in the mould of Sophia Loren) and she looks fabulous too, as do both American girls. It is one of those films that manage to be very entertaining and reflect interestingly on real life as well, and with depth, even if the beauty quotient is improbably high! And the ending is perfectly judged, leaving you wondering how Allen can turn out films of this calibre - or even better - so regularly. Perhaps it falls a little short of his very best, in that the portrayal of the 'artist' is a bit superficial and it doesn't quite feel as if the culture has been absorbed. As, indeed, it hasn't by its American characters. Nevertheless the handling of the plot is superb, and it does suggest how we may discover things about ourselves precisely when we are not in our own environment.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Sep 2010
Format: DVD
I don't really know much about Woody Allen so can't speak for those who want to compare this film against others... Judging by other reviews, it seems to be a much simpler film than what his fans are used to. But what I can say is this, Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a film I can watch again and again, perhaps because of its simplicity... It makes laugh and I love how the city of Barcelona is a character in itself... If you have ever fallen in love with a city (especially a Hispanic one) this might strike a chord with you. I would definitely recommend this film!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By F. S. L'hoir TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 April 2009
Format: DVD
In "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", Woody Allen explores yet another variation on his central theme of complex sexual relationships, but this time through the lens of the tourist's camera. The tourist is Scarlett Johansson in her role as the restless Cristina, who has no idea what, exactly, she is compulsively seeking through the lens of her digital camera (Metaphorically, she begins to catch a glimpse only after she exchanges digital for film.). Both Cristina and her intellectual best friend, Vicky (Rebecca Hall), arrive in Barcelona, where they are quickly captivated by the attentions of an aspiring artist (Javier Bardem), who is encumbered by baggage--the baggage in question being his suicidal/homicidal wife, Maria Elena (played to the hilt by Penelope Cruz).

Through the splendid cinematography of Javier Aguirresarobe, Allen makes it evident that the two friends are seduced as much by the spell of Spain in general--with its "gently weeping" guitars, midnight tapas and golden wines--and Barcelona in particular--with its magnificent art and architecture, ingredients that render a scenario, which in a more mundane setting would be improbable, plausible. In other words, the city--the third ingredient of the title--works its magic both on characters and viewers, who are able to suspend their disbelief as one tends to do when traveling to the enchanting cities of southern Europe. Allen demonstrates this proposition with Vicky's husband and his friends who discuss nothing but computers and business affairs while her thoughts drift away with the haunting notes of a classical Spanish guitar.

Some reviewers have criticized the voice-over, but as far as I'm concerned, this straightforward device lent the film an old-fashioned charm.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gabriella Christina on 16 May 2010
Format: DVD
This movie is up there with "Only You" and "Under The Tuscan Sun" as a chick flick set in the beautiful city of Barcelona. It portrays two American friends on holiday where they would probably do the standard touristy things and tick it off their "to do" list of life. However, both women end up with a bigger and more soul searching experience than they ever imagined. Although Cristina (Up for anything in the pursuit of real love) & Vicki(I've got a man so back off !!) have completely different views of love, by the end of the movie, they both find they have more in common than they care to admit. Javier Bardem plays the part of a Bohemian artist who has more baggage than Terminal 5 but has not given up on love and life. The problem is that it causes utter confusion in both these women's lives as they inadvertently find themselves lost in his drama but eventually find themselves as a result, in the end. He is utterly charming and extremely direct but at the same time very open and honest. When he confidently invites both ladies to Oviedo for a weekend of good food, wine and l*ve making, I literally laughed out loud at the sheer gall of the man.

Set in the romantic city of Barcelona, the movie provides stunning views of Parc Guell, Gaudi architecture, little cutesy wine bars, restaurants and art galleries, listening to weeping guitars in the open air on a balmy evening and the beautiful Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz), who in my opinion truly "made" this movie.

If you loved Only You, Under the Tuscan Sun, Stealing Beauty or any travel movie then get this DVD for your collection. If you have ever lost and found yourself in a holiday romance or if you long for such an experience just for the fun of it, if you are an incurable romantic then get this movie. It is definitely one that you will watch time and time again especially on those wintry nights with your girlee friends and your rose wine.

Love it !!
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