Review: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (3/5)

Boasting of beautiful Spanish locales where art thrives in full splendor, the film’s central characters are two American girlfriends (Rebecca Hall as Vicky and Scarlet Johansson as Cristina) who get mesmerized by the same painter (Javier Bardem as Juan Antonio). To add icing on the cake, the painter’s neurotic and violent ex-wife (Penelope Cruz as Maria Elena) spirals in and out of his crazy affairs. Along the way, they dance the ménage-a-trois tango and compare notes on romance. Although the film encourages us to take that leap of faith and break out of our hopeless, by-the-book ideals about love and commitment, it echoes a feeling of melancholia and loss.

Notable Citations:
Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical (Golden Globes)
Penelope Cruz, Best Supporting Actress nominee (Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTA)

My favorite line from the film:
“Only unfulfilled love can be romantic.”


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