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Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  15 August 2008 (USA)
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Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
Juan Quesada ...
Guitarist in Barcelona
Ricard Salom ...
Art Gallery Guest
Maurice Sonnenberg ...
Art Gallery Guest
Josep Maria Domènech ...
Emilio de Benito ...
Guitarist in Asturias
Jaume Montané ...
Juan Antonio's Friend


Sexually adventurous Cristina and her friend Vicky, who is bright but cautious, holiday in Barcelona where they meet the celebrated and wholly seductive painter, Juan Antonio. Vicky is not about to dive into a sexual adventure being committed to her forthcoming marriage. But Cristina is immediately captivated by Juan Antonio's free spirit and his romantic allure is enhanced when she hears the delicious details of his divorce from fellow artist, the tempestuous Maria Elena. Written by johnno.r[at]

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Life is the ultimate work of art


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexuality, and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Summer Wedding  »

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Box Office


$15,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,755,575 (USA) (15 August 2008)


£2,429,480 (UK) (13 March 2009)

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1.85 : 1
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With Penélope Cruz winning an Oscar for her role as Maria Elena in this film, it continues a mini-trend of young actresses winning Best Supporting Actress Oscars in Woody Allen films after Mira Sorvino in Mighty Aphrodite (1995) and Dianne Wiest in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Bullets Over Broadway (1994). See more »


When Juan Antonio receives a phone call in the middle of the night, he reaches over and turns on a lamp. The lamp turns on, then the wall lights up a split second later, revealing the wall's glow to be coming from another light source. See more »


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Narrator: Vicky and Cristina decided to spend the summer in Barcelona. Vicky was completing her master's in Catalan Identity, which she had become interested in through her great affection for the architecture of Gaudí. Cristina, who spent the last six months writing, directing, and acting in a 12-minute film which she then hated, had just broken up with yet another boyfriend and longed for a change of scenery. Everything fell into place when a distant relative of Vicky's family who lived in...
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I've been waiting for the past 7 films to find the old woody.
13 August 2008 | by (LA, California) – See all my reviews

I just got back from a free screening of this movie. Wonderful, brilliant, thought provoking, funny, great story in the way only Woody Allen could do. The acting was great, the writing was great, the story was great. As well as the fact that it wasn't a poor rehash of Crimes and Misdemeanors like Match Point and Cassandra's Dream. So refreshing on all levels. Javier Bardem embodies the character and truly allows me to forget about his role in Old Country. Patricia Clarkson, a gem as always. The girls were all great. Had not been impressed with Scarlett Johansson since Lost in Translation and was bored with her work in the last of his films but she held her own and did the part great. Penélope Cruz was wonderful, vibrate and funny especially when doing the Spanish. At 71 the man still has it and has rehashed the place in my heart where I hold his wonderful art. Simply happy and fulfilled. Thank you Woody!

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