Saturday, February 7, 2009

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

Characters in Woody Allen movies are always chatty, and in this one, there is no exception. This is strange movie about relationship, which perhaps will only work in Europe. The location is beautiful, and the cast is great.

Two American girls, Vicky and Cristina, go to Barcelona for a summer holiday. Vicky has a fiance and they plan to marry in autumn. She is interested in anything Catalan after seeing Gaudi's works. Meanwhile, Cristina doesn't know what to do with her life. They meet Juan Antonio, a painter, who offers them a weekend in Orvieto and bluntly tell them that he wants to sleep with them. Cristina accepts the challenge, while Vicky feels she must come along to save Cristina. In Orvieto, Cristina falls sick and it is Vicky who ends up sleeping with Juan Antonio. However, Vicky and Juan Antonio must let it go because her husband-to-be comes to Barcelona to marry her. Juan Antonio turns to Cristina and they live together until his suicidal ex-wife, Maria Elena, joins them. Apparently she has nowhere else to stay. Juan Antonio and Maria Elena has the-love-and-hate-kind relationship. They love each other, but it doesn't work because something is missing. "Like salt," he explains to Cristina. Cristina proofs to be the salt. These three live together in harmony (Maria Elena even teaches Cristina how to be a better photographer) until Cristina feels it's time to move on. Without the salt, Maria Elena leaves Juan Antonio again. Alone, he contacts Vicky after being told that she is unhappy with her marriage because she cannot forget him.

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