Vicky Cristina Barcelona (♦♦♦♦)

American friends Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) decide to spend a summer in Barcelona. There, they meet free spirited painter Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), who proves to be more than either one of them can handle. After a brief affair in Oviedo, Vicky, who is engaged, falls in love with Juan Antonio but ends up marrying her fiancé. Cristina, on the other hand, has a longer love relationship with Juan Antonio and they live together for a while, until Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz), Juan Antonio’s ex-wife, re-appears in his life and Cristina must come to terms with living with them both.

This movie is like a breeze, very light and free flowing. The story flows easily, at times funny, but thoughtfully nonetheless. It is not a movie to overanalyze, just to enjoy. Penelope’s performance is worth your time. She was born to interpret the role of Maria Elena; she seems at ease both in English and Spanish, and even those dialogue transitions are funny. Even Javier Bardem or Scarlett Johansson’s acting, whose I don’t particularly like, are spot on here. Watch this film; you won’t regret it!