jan_can_too (jan_can_too) wrote,

Vicky Cristina Bummer

I went to the movies yesterday with Syd and saw Vicky Cristina Barcelona. It was a good picture, full of beautiful shots, well-written, engaging. Plenty of good-looking people getting it on, for those who want to see that and lovely scenery for those who pretend they don’t. And it was depressing.

At various points in the film, I felt like slapping pretty much every character, from Vicky, who has chosen a conventional path and is going to stick with it no matter what, to Cristina, who is in love with her image of herself as an alternative person, a seeker, to Juan Antonio the self-indulgent artist, to the minor characters like the various husbands, friends, and relatives.

One thing the movie didn’t do was punt. It didn’t hold out the false hope that Something Else is out there, something better, if one just follows one’s heart. We’re all pretty much doomed to live out the limits of our characters, according to this film’s view. Which is tragic and depressing, but at least honest.

With luck, it’s also not true.

  • Dog Days

    Summer is here and the living is… complicated. I had been hoping for lazy times, fruity drinks, time in the sun. Not so much. Because Rick has…

  • End of Spring Reading

    Today is T.R.’s last day of school, so it is time to tally my spring reading. Not the world’s greatest totals this time around, but I have…

  • Book Report: Bitterblue

    A friend of mine was having a birthday, so naturally, I headed for the bookstore. A couple of years ago, she borrowed Graceling from me and loved…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic
    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.