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Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

 -  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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Juan Quesada ...
Guitarist in Barcelona
Ricard Salom ...
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Josep Maria Domènech ...
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Guitarist in Asturias
Jaume Montané ...
Juan Antonio's Friend
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Storyline

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]xtra.co.nz

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summer | painter | artist | oviedo | sex | See more »

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Life is the ultimate work of art

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

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15 August 2008 (USA)  »

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Summer Wedding  »

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Budget:

$15,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£243,684 (UK) (6 February 2009)

Gross:

£2,429,480 (UK) (13 March 2009)
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The movie features several books about sexuality : the novel Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (when Vicky tries to sleep and Cristina writes poetry in the kitchen), The Sexual Life of Catherine M. by Catherine Millet (read by Cristina later in the movie) and Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller (read by Cristina right after the scene kissing with Juan Antonio and Maria Elena in the dark room) See more »

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The people in this movie (including the leading man) speak Spanish instead of Catalan. In Barcelona both Spanish and Catalan are spoken. In Oviedo, only Spanish is spoken. 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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Highly overrated, erotic fantasies of aging Woody Allen don't make for a good movie...
6 December 2008 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

What a bore. I am just back from the cinema and highly disappointed with this movie. I am a fan of Woody Allen's early work (like "Manhattan" etc) and was delighted to read that with this movie, he was said to be back to his "old style". What? OK. Let's be fair. It was esthetically filmed and not a complete nuisance to watch, with good actors. But that's all. That's why I give 3 out of 10. Basically, the story is very dull. It's a mediocre piece of work (ok, Allen is no genius, but at least he used to be pretty entertaining). It made me think "is this showing the aging Woody Allen's erotic fantasies?". What is the message? There is no plot that is worth the mention. And character development? No. The passion(s) that develop are not even that: developed! They are not credible. I felt that the audience is made believe that the shown emotions exist this way - but it's that: make-believe. I did not believe much of what I saw, and, perhaps more sadly, I could not care less for it anyway. A "wanna-be-exotic-and-interesting" movie. Dull dull dull.


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