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Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

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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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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Hall ... Vicky
Scarlett Johansson ... Cristina
Christopher Evan Welch ... Narrator (voice)
Chris Messina ... Doug
Patricia Clarkson ... Judy
Kevin Dunn ... Mark
Julio Perillán ... Charles
Juan Quesada Juan Quesada ... Guitarist in Barcelona
Ricard Salom Ricard Salom ... Art Gallery Guest
Maurice Sonnenberg Maurice Sonnenberg ... Art Gallery Guest
Javier Bardem ... Juan Antonio
Manel Barceló Manel Barceló ... Doctor
Josep Maria Domènech ... Julio
Emilio de Benito Emilio de Benito ... Guitarist in Asturias
Jaume Montané 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Life is the ultimate work of art.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Spain | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Wedding See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,755,575, 17 August 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,216,709

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,504,817
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (3.0)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First Woody Allen film where two girls' names appear in the title: Vicky and Cristina. Other Allen movies with girls' names in the title include Hannah and Her Sisters (1986); Alice (1990); Melinda and Melinda (2004); Cassandra's Dream (2007); What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966) and Annie Hall (1977). See more »

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Speaking about Cristina's photography the narrator says that Maria convinces her to use an older camera and she would set up a darkroom for her, etc. implying it would be a film camera. It's clear she continues to use a digital camera and she does not look through the viewfinder but the LCD screen of a digital camera and the photo she just took is on the screen. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Connections

Featured in 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009) See more »

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Entre Las Olas
Composed by Juanito Serrano (as Juan Serrano)
Performed by Juanito Serrano (as Juan Serrano)
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Pretty sights and lots of stereotypes
18 January 2009 | by kghisprediSee all my reviews

The film opens with a steady flow of stereotypes and despite the expectations of Woody Allen fans, continues with them to the very end. Let's have painters... because they are so romantic and passionate. Let's have Spaniards... because they are hot-blooded and beautiful. Let's have Barcelona... because every scene taken in it looks like a postcard, or something directed by Tourist Office of Barcelona (which is pretty close to the truth considering the City of Barcelona DID pay for much of the film's cost).

The setting and the cast seem to be picked from a poll in a women magazine. Since Antonio Banderas is old news, our readers chose masculine Javier Bardem. For his Spanish partner they chose Penelope Cruz who is not only beautiful, but also the only Spanish actress they have heard of. They also chose Scarlett Johanssen because they would choose her in pretty much any film. And let's have all these beautiful people indulge in wine tasting, flying private airplanes and picking blackberries for breakfast while they muse about art and love, because that's apparently how hot-blooded Spanish painters spend their days in Barcelona.

Allen fails to show the flip side of this fairy tale-like Spanish life style, fails to show a sudden twist, a funny moment, his trade mark wit, or at least a hot threesome scene. Johanssen is the only one showing an interesting performance. Hall, Bardem and Cruz are confined in stereotypical roles, and Bardem even looks embarrassed pushing a Latin lover routine.


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