While I am personally not a huge fan of Allen's style of dialogue, I really enjoyed this once the characters were introduced and the story got going. If there is one thing I actively disliked, it's the narration. It's redundant and there are few things that couldn't be accomplished better without it in my opinion. However, the character dynamics and their developments were always a riot to see.
Woody Allen sure tells some pretty gripping stories. Definitely not my favorite out of the films of his I've seen, but still totally competent and thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable. Some of the performances felt less genuine at times and there were a few too many tragicomedy clichés present.
I have this movie on dvd, saw it multiple times already, but still couldn't resist this screening on Mubi and ended up loving it all over again. A perhaps slightly caricatural, but highly entertaining, witty, funny, and deep exploration of duality in Life and Love. Passion versus comfort, art versus money, emotion versus reason, and the pleasures and pains both sides can bring us. Highly recommended,
It is a beautiful travel commercial for beautiful Barcelona. Characters behave naturally and have a realistic approach to what happens even if it can be annoying. The Spanish married couple (Javier and Penelope) steal the show. It doesn't have any big revelations nor discoveries about the themes it explores and Rebecca Hall do a more interesting character than Scarlett manage to portray.
71/100 (Penelope Cruz'un olduğu sahneleri başta es geçmek gerekiyor. Keza filmde ikili hatta üçlü cinsel ilişkilere fazla yönelmekten önemli konulara söz bırakılamamış. Ancak şu var ki film oyuncuları ve yönetmenliğiyle bir kalite. Özellikle "Toplumun tabu olarak koyduğu ilişki" kavramını ortaya atması. Ve bu kavramı film boyunca eleştirmesi. Çok farklı bir durum.)
Apart from the sequences delving into polygamy, something Woody started filming/talking about very late into his career, the rest is a prosaic see-through comedy. Set in an over-clichéd vision of Mediterranean, needlessly narrated, with a theatrical ending that solves nothing, the film is a caricature of itself and its topic. And however intentional it might be, I saw most of it as plain lazy.
The comedy is sharp even before Penelope Cruz's tour de force. The rich-expat/tourist depiction of Barcelona felt annoying until the very end, at which point it struck me that this is one of Allen's angrier pieces: he reveals himself to have little sympathy for the vacuous and narcissistic preoccupations of his protagonists. There is a more acidic edge here than I'd anticipated and the film is all the better for it.
This is a "love triangle" or as the french would say a "ménage à trois". What makes it interesting is the "plus 1 effect" which makes it a "love square". And, it is a Woody Allen movie without Woody Allen. Although not on screen he's omnipresent. Sex, a little comedy, a bit drama and a wonderful cast makes this a solid cocktail.
A touristic view of ART [declaimed as if on the proverbial plinth] and sexual intrigue dressed as romanticism stymies this minor Allen where artistic endeavour is as easy as shelling peas. Thin characterisations do not convey the emotional and intellectual weight the (unnecessary) narration alludes to. Passable wallpaper but reductive in most senses.
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