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January 31, 2009

Vicki Cristina Barcelona


Watched this most enjoyable movie last night.

I like Woody Allen's recent habit of making films in European cities.

"Match Point" in London was entertaining just for the look around the city that served as the film's backdrop, and so with his latest production, set in Barcelona.

Everyone in the movie's excellent, with Rebecca Hall offering the most interesting performance of all the principals, who include Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson and Penélope Cruz.

There's no justice, is there?

I mean, look at the DVD's cover up top: Rebecca Hall is nowhere to be seen.

Next time, maybe.

The film is deceptively shallow, in that it appears to be just one more light romantic comedy while in fact it probes some very tender areas of the psyche.

For example, how it is that we pretend not to want what we really want, and then succeed in either burying the unacceptable notion or, all too often, end up crushed by the fallout from pursuing what we realized only too late wasn't what we wanted after all.

January 31, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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