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on 7 December 2014
The city of Barcelona affects you.
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.
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on 19 July 2017
Having been an avid fan of Woody Allen films in the past this film was a must see.
How the film evolved in the first 20 minutes made me watch it to the end, but wanting more of it.
Loved the way Barcelona was filmed, great encapsulation of the streets and less known sites of the city.
I found the film helpful in the way that many people try to find themselves, in romance, happiness and purpose in life.
It's a must if your looking for clever comedy, drama and great characters.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 11 August 2013
Vicky Cristina Barcelona doesn't feel like a story with a beginning, a middle and an end more like a film that has characters meet at the beginning of the film, events occur in the middle (and possibly 99% of the film), and then the characters depart at the end of the film.

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.
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VINE VOICEon 29 September 2014
Vicky and Cristina are 2 American women on holiday in Barcelona for the summer and meet an artist called Juan and get involved with him and his psychotic ex wife. Woody Allen continues his European tour here now in Spain for this film after years of films set and filmed in New York. It's lightweight paper thin fluff with a bare minimum plot but a fine cast giving good performances make it worth your while. Scarlet Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are all good and Spain looks good in a well shot film. Woody Allen's films have been a bit hit and miss since 2001's Sweet And Lowdown but while this isn't up there with his great early 70's films it's easily one of his better more recent films.
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on 16 June 2013
This is a great movie in the long string of Allen productions on the meaning of life (or lack thereof) and soul searching. In my view the main point can be summarized as follows: can only unfulfilled love be romantic? Is complete, fulfilling love destined to inevitable demise? Intriguing if somewhat disconcerting. We all look for love, and there is inescapable tension in the process. That is what produces romance. Once we get there, things start to turn routine, normal, and the spark is killed. That was not the plan of course, but what was the plan? What is is that we want from life? Do we need to know? Does it matter? Not really, Allen seems to suggest. "Whatever works", the title of a previous great movie, is good for us. Better to take advantage of what life has to offer and go for it. Avoid falling into easy comfortable traps, like money and an established, conformist lifestyle, because that makes for a boring life.
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on 15 August 2009
I think sometimes people stop watching Allen's movies as films in their own right, as they would other movies. By that I mean they immediately try to analyse scene by scene to try to spot critical acclaim or failure. If you watch this film without Allen-critique goggles in the way you would pretty much any other film, you might find its roots in European film making, of the likes of Almodovar. If this had been filmed in Spanish or French or Italian with English subtitles, the "world cinema" lovers might have hailed it as a masterpiece of hilarity and high wit.

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.
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on 21 December 2015
the artist guy a predictable character what would any women except from the first invation the type of "long term" relationship can would offer, ie zero, along with the crazy ex wife most dysfunctional mess of a situation, maybe "exciting" if like being with a womaniser. having said that did find it hailarous, although would ran a mile from the situation myself many women like the drama from a bad boy and mistake it for love
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on 13 July 2016
Brilliant. Woody Allen is either fantastically entertaining or a bit of a flop. This is definitely the former. As with all Woody films, don't expect car chases, gunfights, explosions, zombies or conspiracies. Just intelligent, cultured, sophisticated people dealing with life. And Penelope Cruz too? Worth the money just to see her.
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on 22 October 2015
I love everything about this film, from its intriguing plot to its fantastic soundtrack, narration and cinematic beauty. It's a movie I personally love to watch to reaffirm my belief that life (and the pursuit of love) never has to be traditional nor boring. Strangely, I can see a certain part of myself in each one of the four main characters; while there's something about the movie's use of culture, art and education that sets it apart from other self-discovery movies. If you love to travel, culture and unbridled passion: then this is the movie for you.
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on 24 October 2013
This is a beautifully made,lovingly photographed,well acted piece of....well , nothing much honestly.
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.
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