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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Rebecca Hall
Scarlett Johansson
Javier Bardem
Penelope Cruz
Chris Messina
Patricia Clarkson
Directors
Woody Allen
Screenwriters
Woody Allen
Running Time
96 minutes

Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Señor Woody, he back, back, back


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Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Plot
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).


Verdict
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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