Thursday, September 4, 2008
Woody Allen's latest Scarlett Johansson vehicle, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" fit my mood perfectly - beautiful scenery, wine, passion and free time.
Having been recently let go of my nearly 11 year confinement to my gave-way-to-much-of-my-chi (qi) job. I found myself free to see a movie in the middle of the afternoon. This decadent escape can only be rivaled, I'm sure, by an afternoon tryst in a hotel room.
Were unemployment compensation to be a bit more generous, I would certainly be tempted to head to Barcelona in search of a well-deserved sexual dalliance with a Javier Bardem "life is short" type myself. Living vicariously through this film, however, did give me extreme pleasure.
Two college friends, Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) are put up for the summer by a distant relative of Vicky's. At an art opening, Cristina becomes attracted to an intensely sexy artist, Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem). Later that night, they dine at the same restaurant, he becomes attracted to both women and boldly propositions them to a weekend of sightseeing and sex in Oviedo. I won't give away the turn of events. I will say that the later entrance of Juan Antonio's dangerously passionate ex-wife, Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz) adds a lot of flavor to the film. It's a far better role for Cruz then the much acclaimed "Volver".
What I took away from this film and related to, is the longing to enjoy the moment. Even when we think we are "enjoying the moment", by thinking about it, we create too much examination of the moment, which once again leads to longing to enjoy the moment.
I also took note of Woody Allen's ability to create a totally sensual movie that is not overtly sexy.