Captivating cinematography, witty writing, and amazing actors, all set on the beautiful backdrop of Barcelona. Woody Allen brings you all of this and more in his film Vicky Cristina Barcelona
The film premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and stars Vicky, played by Rebecca Hall, and Cristina, played by Scarlett Johannson. The two American girls travel to Spain to spend the summer with family friends of Vicky’s in Barcelona.
Soon after they arrive they meet an intriguing, handsome artist named Jun Antonio, played by Javier Bardem, who whisks them away in an airplane to his hometown of Oviedo for the weekend. Cristina is enchanted while Vicky is exasperated, although not for long.
Juan Antonio makes it clear from the beginning that he is interested in both women, but Vicky stiffly dismisses all of his proposals because she engaged to someone else. Cristina, on the other hand, is interested in Juan Antonio and while they are in Oviedo, the attraction between them becomes evident.
After the three return to Barcelona, Cristina and Juan Antonio’s relationship develops and she moves in with him. Everything is going well until one night Juan Antonio’s ex-wife Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz) shows up, and while Cristina tries to be okay with her presence, she has some difficulty. Soon, though, the three are living happily together and Maria Elena, who is also an artist, helps Cristina experiment with her own artistic expression.
Meanwhile, Vicky questions her intent to marry because she has developed feelings for Juan Antonio. However, she decides to go ahead with her marriage, and her fiancé Doug (Chris Messina) flies out to Barcelona to have the wedding there.
By the end of the movie, summer is coming to an finish and everything culminates in a rather dramatic ending. Both girls are still trying to find their way in life, and in many ways I think are very relatable characters.
In addition to the compelling plotline and woody Allen’s classic dialogue and choice of actors, there are also some beautiful shots of architecture by Gaudi that can be found throughout Barcelona. If you are looking for inspiration for where to go on your next trip, this film will undoubtedly inspire some to go to Barcelona.
I am personally a huge Woody Allen fan and this movie is one of my favorites by him, but even if Woody Allen is not your usual cup of tea, you should still give Vicky Cristina Barcelona a try.