Vicki Christina Barcelona

Film, 2008

Vicky Christa Barcelona takes place in a world where people fall squarely into two camps; stereotypical conformist businessmen with limitless pocketbooks and “free thinking” (as the horrible narration describes them time and time again) artists with limitless pocketbooks. It uses these characters to broadly explore the choice that women have to make in their men of stability or passion. No real conclusions are made or stands are taken by the film on the issue, but they probably weren’t meant to be. Everyone is pretty bland, except Penelope Cruz who is given the only thing even resembling a complex character to work with. Note to filmmakers: Repeatedly stating that a character is “free thinking” and “artistic” is much less effective than showing the audience that they are. 2



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