American friends — cautious, betrothed Vicky (Hall) and carefree Cristina (Johansson) — arrive in Barcelona. Their holiday is thrown open when they fall in with painter Juan Antonio (Bardem) and his tempestuous ex-wife, Maria Elena (Cruz).
Within Allen’s recent output, Vicky Cristina is the highlight. See it for beautiful locales, an ambivalent look at human relationships and a clutch of great performances, especially from Cruz.
Reviewed by Ian Freer
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