Vicky Cristina BarcelonaIMDB

Director: Woody Allen.
Cast: Scarlett Johannson, Rebecca Hall, Chris Messina, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz.

Among the highs and lows of a decade marked by the transformation that in his cinematic style, the hybridity between visual arts, photography and cultural divide between Europe and the United States is the body that will present us with Woody Allen Vicky Cristina Barcelona, a film of the expressions that, like the two that preceded it (Match Point and Scoop), raises even more insight to this author does not act in his films and, moreover, will help you accomplish your new language.

The work deals with themes that the director had visited almost all his conceptions, the sovereignty of a woman over a man, which may also possibly see that this is a personal stigma that this will take care of bringing up end of his days. Its philosophical premise, this film also permeates the artistic inspiration that drives vivacity, the overlap between one person and another, in addition to sophisticated hedonism ruled by good wines and beautiful scenery, possible only in the summer holidays of the extraordinary European cities.

The interface of the situations occurs when Allen also expresses a kind of obsession to address the psychological and temperamental fluctuation of Man (sapien), breaking in this case in particular, with its characteristic superficialize drama and comedy – action indirectly between a junk movie and one of his own. However, in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which has as protagonists the two friends, Vicky (Scarlett Johannson) and Cristina (Rebecca Hall), the narrative involves us in the dichotomy between the ideals of two young and beautiful characters in spite of love, behavior and values .

Vicky is the rich girl and well behaved, that the Catalan culture in depth research for his masters degree and is engaged to a rich man Doug (Chris Messina), a member of upscale New Yorkers. However, it is also hostage to absolute values that do not know the true essence of your feelings. Cristina, in turn, though he traveled provided frustration for his failure to devise a short film and ironically insignificant character consisted in the love that makes us libertarians, is more open to new experiences and reinvents itself in the journey to the beautiful Spanish town, dipping into his new passion: the photographic experiment.

To further spice size antagonism between the philosophy of life of two beautiful young American, one night, both known simultaneously in a vernissage, the Spanish painter Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), which is good host, a brash and bohemian gallant, even though it was still recovering from the recent and disastrous split with his wife Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz), wonderfully beautiful woman, talented, and even more seductive than her husband, about to violently put down a knife into his body and not to withdraw develop the same passion for it which aroused great curiosity to Christina to meet her in your total privacy.

Among seductions, achievements and disappointments unfolds a hilarious plot cleverly fitted with great refinement and great images (mostly photographs produced in the film), and engaging performances that evoke complex thoughts on leaving the cinema. With the example we question ourselves if we set the values as essential for a marriage is really important to achieve happiness, or if we were so minded to external interference, imposed in short by the “rules” of society in which we operate, the not seeing our point of predictability.

With over a large choice of this extraordinary director, happy in their provocations and partnership with a great cast, which is perfectly fine its fantastic restlessness, I give my Cinematheque more a work of art that will endure for generations to come and will constitute a great classic.

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