Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Dir. Woody Allen/2009)
The rogue artist has never been sexier than in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. While we join Vicky (Hall) and Cristina (Johansson) as they visit Barcelona, their differing attitudes to romance and relationships is tested when they meet Juan Antonio (Bardem) – and his crazy ex (Cruz). Woody Allen captures a passionate and fiery summer, whereby we can escape to a dream of the bohemian lifestyle with flowing red wine and expressive, impasto art. Sun shines on the Gaudi gardens and as tensions heat up, we are left to define what creates an artist. Are all artists required to be a tad unstable to confidently create? Is romance better left unsaid and unspoken – or should it be fully embraced? A criticism of marriage and deconstruction of love is Woody Allen at his best. Vicky Cristina Barcelona additionally utilises the European destination to flavour the film with beauty, grace and a deeply seductive charm.