Love may be a many-splendored thing, but that doesn't mean itâs easy. In Woody Allenâs latest film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," his most successful since âMatch Point,â the prolific director explores the complications and hardships of love, all while proving that sometimes three is not a crowd.
Vicky (Rebecca Hall) is a straight-laced young woman about to marry a boring but successful and stable man. Her best friend Cristina is a free-spirited artist attracted to potentially volatile relationships. While summering in beautiful Barcelona, the two American tourists receive a shockingly forward invitation to form a threesome with local painter Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), known for his combustible relationship with his ex-wife Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz). Though Vicky declines the offer, believing Juan Antonio to be nothing more than slimy Eurotrash, Cristina is instantly captivated. The two women accept Juan Antonio's invitation for a weekend away, and though Cristina appears to be the perfect fit for the artist, she falls ill and Vicky is forced to spend time with Juan Antonio.