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Vicky Cristina Barcelona


vickycristinabarcelonaVicky and Christina (Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson), two friends with very different views on life and love, go to Barcelona for the summer; they meet a charismatic painter (Javier Bardem) who affects them both.Ā Itā€™s amazing to see the 72-year-old, versatile filmmaker deliver such a heartfelt, young, vibrant film; perhaps it was the sunny, Spanish environs that got to him. The script confronts its characters with choices between following oneā€™s heart or mind and shows the limits of pure passion. The cast is first-rate. Johansson and Hall perfectly illustrate two quality of life philosophies; Bardem and PenĆ©lope Cruz are on fire as two larger-than life artists.

2008-U.S. 97 min. Color.Ā Produced byĀ Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Gareth Wiley.Ā Written and directed byĀ Woody Allen.Ā Cast:Ā Javier Bardem (Juan Antonio), PenĆ©lope Cruz (Maria Elena), Scarlett Johansson (Cristina), Rebecca Hall (Vicky), Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Dunn.

Oscar:Ā Best Supporting Actress (Cruz).Ā Golden Globe:Ā Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical).Ā BAFTA:Ā Best Supporting Actress (Cruz).

Last word: “Someone called from BarcelonaĀ and said ā€˜Would you like to make a picture here? Weā€™ll finance it.ā€™Ā Thatā€™s always the hardest part of making any picture, is getting the financing.Ā Writing it, directing it, or anything else is easier than getting the financing for it, so I said sure, I would do it. I had no idea for anything for it, and then about a week or two later I got a call from Penelope Cruz. I didnā€™t know her, she wanted to meet, and she was inĀ New York. I had only seen her in ā€˜Volverā€™ and nothing else ever. I thought she was great in it, and she said that she knew I was doing a film inĀ Barcelona, and she would like to participate. I started out withĀ Barcelona, with Penelope, and in the back of mind I was going to go to Scarlett. Then I heard Javier [Bardem] was interested, so gradually it took shape. I was writing for these people. I was deliberately writing for these people.” (Allen, Collider)

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