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19 May 2009

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I am completely obsessed with this film.  C o m p l e t e l y . But then again, when am I not obsessed? I have used this particular phrasing in expressing my love almost too excessively on this petite blog of mine, perhaps even to death, for everything and anything. I simply cannot help it – it is inevitable. 

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I had finally decided upon watching the Vicky Cristina Barcelona (I cannot help but say Barcelona like Bar-sell-oooonah every time I type out the title in a pathetic attempt to mimc how the Spaniards say it so beautifully) last night, for no particular reason, save to satisfy my curiosity. I hadn’t heard much about it, really, except that Woody Allen was the director; it was that infamous movie still of Penelope Cruz, cigarette in hand, that made me download the film onto my iPod. And I could watch it over, and over, and over again. Repeatedly, nonstop. The backdrop was beyond perfection; Barcelona? Spain? Oh gosh, how I now longggg to be there amongst the gorgeous architecture, submerge myself in such romantic a culture, and wish to be whisked away by some sexily scruffy artist. I died at the script, the scenery, the actors, the actresses, the constant wine-sipping, and the art. The bohemian lifestyle, carefree and  i r r a t i o n a l l y  rash, was perhaps what made the entire film beautiful. Yes, I do wish I had a camera like Cristina’s to snap away with. And I think I’ve officially become a fan of Scarlett. She looks absolutely stunning in any hair colour! First Vogue Paris, now this. I die

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This is the very photo. The influential snapshot of María Elena, played by the beautiful Penelope Cruz. I have a predisposition to graffiti – I find it to be one of my favorite forms of art in its inhibited message, bold strokes, and unabashedness. It’s juxtaposition against such softness and femininity is breathtaking. At this very moment I wish to be María Elena – frightening beautiful with a mane of crazed, tousled hair; a pink, vintage slip over a black tank. All contrasted with the metal of the camera slung across one shoulder, and a large, fringed bag across the other. It truly is a breath of fresh air – hardly contrived and unpretentious.  B r e a t h t a k i n g . (Ai! The hair!! I love!)

Vicky Christina Barcelona

Simple is sexy. Or maybe it is just because it is Miss Scarlett. Either way, a simple, fitted (but not tight) tank over linen trousers. Sipping wine, in a charming hotel, on the charming bed of a charming European man. Mmm.

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María Elena is definitely my style icon; a top hot worn with a loose eyelet dress. Something about the combination would have seemed so wrong on any other, yet so right. Moulin Rouge meets Bohemia. Cristina looks equally charming in a childish way – a loose buttoned tank over denim shorts – billowy in the wind, the movement of the fabric giving a that demure sensuality. 

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Surely María is a troubled soul; but besides the first snapshot of her, this still is my favorite. Even in her distress and, well, insanity, her crazed hair is stunning. Tousled in the right way possible. And the black dress is divine – black, simple, and oh-so-sexy as any LBD should. Of course she acts as proof that bags make the outfit; in any other tote or duffel María would have been just another woman in any given movie. But it is that fringed black bag (I am now lusting for one like that!) and the rather unconventional tiger briefcase that makes her her. That, darlings, is the beauty of accessories.

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There is something about the bags in Vicky Cristina Barcelona that is so perfectly styled to make it all the more unconventional and bohemian. I find the bags to be what makes each woman and each ensemble in this movie. Something about cross-body bags have become increasingly alluring – I have been partial to re-attaching my Balenciaga’s shoulder strap to tote it around in that fashion. And the fringed hobos María Elena is seen carrying – the black calls for me. Oh, and cameras too. An old camera for the perfect, avant-garde look. I see it as an accessory.

The hair, the bags, the clothes.

The simplicity, the beauty, the bohemian air.

Completely and utterly  o b s e s s e d .


La C.

46 Comments leave one →
  1. 19 May 2009 12:19 am

    This movie looks to-die-for. I too have a love for graffiti. It’s so creative in a very uninhibited fashion. I only wish that I had the ability to create such works of art with a can of spray paint.

    Personally, I love the way it looks when you carry your Balenciaga via the shoulder strap as opposed to satchel style. I leave the shoulder strap on mine all the time, just in case I am overcome with the urge to use it – it doesn’t hurt that it looks very chic when hanging loosely. 🙂

  2. 19 May 2009 12:38 am

    I have yet to see the movie 😦 but I think it will be next in line on my netflick.

    I love cross body bags, I own several and they’re just so alluring because not many gals wear them anymore


  3. 19 May 2009 12:43 am

    Hello La C. Great post! I’ve got this film in the top 3 of my Netflix queue. I’ve been dying to see it. I thought it looked fantastic. Plus I’m a huge fan of Penelope Cruz. I have such a big crush on her. These pictures are wonderful. You’ve got me wanting to see this film even more.

  4. 19 May 2009 2:33 am

    I’ve been wanting to check out that film since I saw the pictures of Scarlett shooting it. I’ve heard great things about it & after your lovely review, I think it’ll be on top of my ‘Movies to watch’ list.

    Great post!


  5. 19 May 2009 3:04 am

    I will see that movie!

  6. 19 May 2009 3:49 am

    I love this movie too and I’m completely obsessed with the soundtrack song, listen to it millions of times.
    Great post. Have a nice day

  7. 19 May 2009 5:32 am

    Oh the bohemian life, what a dream


  8. 19 May 2009 6:20 am

    I have been obsessed with that movie since I first saw it a month ago. I’ve watched it probably 6 times since then. It is an amazing film and I love all the points you touched upon. Everything. I wish it was not only a film but a blanket I could wrap myself up on and cuddle with forever. Sad. But true!

  9. 19 May 2009 6:35 am

    I don’t know much about this movie, but you pretty much made me want to see it!

  10. 19 May 2009 8:29 am

    I need to see this movie.

  11. 19 May 2009 8:47 am

    I love this movie! I watched it as soon as it arrived in Italy… I was obsessed with the soundtrack too!
    Also, I really liked Rebecca Hall (her father is extremely famous in England).
    Lucy =)

  12. 19 May 2009 10:12 am

    only word: J’ADORE!


  13. 19 May 2009 10:42 am

    Loved Barcelona as the backdrop to this movie, and Penelope & Javier were great!

  14. 19 May 2009 10:58 am

    I am such a lover of anything bohemian! I have yet to actually watch the movie, but I think you may have convinced me to catch a peek.


  15. 19 May 2009 11:25 am

    I would like to see this movie which seems really great!!! 🙂 xoxo

  16. 19 May 2009 11:43 am

    One of the GREATEST movies ever made!! There is nothing more to say.

  17. 19 May 2009 12:01 pm

    I could not agree more. Penelope’s hair in the movie is my favoriteeeeeeee!!! I wish I had body like that!

    The whole movie made me want to pick up and go! I want to live life with passion like the characters in the movie.

  18. 19 May 2009 1:04 pm

    I need to watch this movie!!

    I love the simplicity and ruggedness of it every time I saw the previews for it

  19. 19 May 2009 1:30 pm

    I’ve never seen this movie, but I will! Btw, I recommended the article for large girls to my friend and she really liked it! She thought there were some helpfull tips in it.

  20. 19 May 2009 2:07 pm

    Hi there-thanks for reminding me of this film again, I knew this was one I have to watch, you’ve done a fab review and now I can’t wait!

  21. 19 May 2009 2:57 pm

    Loved Penelope Cruz in this.

  22. 19 May 2009 3:13 pm

    I’ve seen that movie three times and still can’t get enough of it! Penelope Cruz never looks more sensual than ever and I’m in awe of Scarlett’s natural beauty. I didn’t really notice their bags until now and they really make the characters a lot more interesting. xxoxoxo

  23. 19 May 2009 3:49 pm

    I hated this movie – with a passion! LOL! I just didn’t see the point – I must not be artistically inclined enough to understand it…!

    But Penelope Cruz is always drop dead gorgeous. I thought her performance in the movie was great, too – the best thing about the movie, in my opinion! 🙂

  24. 19 May 2009 4:12 pm

    Somehow I had the feeling you’re going to post about this film one day. Now you did, awesome

    I’ve watched this movie with my gf in a theatre on the 31st of December with like 10 ppl in the room, that was already something different than usual. The film itself…wow. We went there because of 1. Penelope (we both like her) 2. Scarlett [young blond actress, can’t be too bad. First blonde, than Vogue 😉 ] 3. it took place in summer.
    One word: fantastic. I think I have to watch it again now. Thanks for reminding me to check the details!

  25. 19 May 2009 4:26 pm

    If you liked Barcelona in this movie I can’t even imagine what would u feel if u visited the city. It’s even better, the bests spots (or at least my favourite ones) where not broadcast. I can’t help but love my city!

  26. 19 May 2009 4:32 pm

    It’s a brilliant film. I loved Penelope Cruz as Maria Elena and Javier Bardem was sex-ay.

  27. 19 May 2009 4:36 pm

    Your blog is beautiful, beautiful, gorgeous, so well done and so perfectly ilustrated!
    By the way, love Woody Allen films, specially the ones with scarlet, she is such a muse 🙂
    BJS *keep it stylish*

  28. 19 May 2009 5:08 pm

    I watched it for the first time on Saturday and LOVED it as well! Oh the film was lovely and those two woman looked amazing!!!

  29. 19 May 2009 5:33 pm

    That movie was a bit disappointing for being Woody Allen, but Pe was amazing, and she is so beautiful!

  30. 19 May 2009 6:41 pm

    Im obsessed with this film too!!!! I blogged about Penelope in this movie a little while ago-we have great minds!! LOVE EVERYTHING! Especially the hair.
    Great post my darling!! xoxo

  31. 19 May 2009 7:49 pm

    I first saw/bought this movie about two months ago and fell in love with the whole idea of it. I’ve been working on a little website post about these sexy foreign types of movies. Oh, how I long to be in one of these scenarios. I got your comment about Twitter, but don’t see! =/

  32. kristine permalink
    19 May 2009 8:37 pm

    omg i hafta watch this now!! you always write such good reviews & analyses!!

    you really are the literary queen of blogs. and fashion queen. <33

  33. thebaglady permalink
    19 May 2009 8:40 pm

    I completely agree with kristine. What a well-written analysis! I loveeeeed this movie too! I never noticed the importance of the bags until you pointed it out!

    Brilliant piece.

  34. 19 May 2009 8:52 pm

    Ughhh I have still not seen this movie, I really want to though especially after reading this post!

  35. 19 May 2009 9:08 pm

    Ew LaCouturier…you live in New Jersey?! GROSS

    • 19 May 2009 9:10 pm

      PradaLover: Sorry, is there a problem with New Jersey? I’m not particularly fond of it simply because it’s boring. But gross?

  36. 19 May 2009 9:43 pm

    i must watch the movie! beautiful scenes and great highlights :]

  37. 19 May 2009 11:54 pm

    I am convinced that I need to see this movie right away. Ahh! 🙂

    xo, Kate

  38. 19 May 2009 11:55 pm

    for some reason i have been reluctant to see this movie, but you have convinced me to give it a try. 🙂

  39. Tamara permalink
    20 May 2009 2:59 am

    I loved the ideal and perfect Barcelona portrayed in the picture which, in fact, is not as ideal and perfect as the one I’ve lived in for my whole life… No constant wine-sipping or sexy and pasional artists everywhere, but is nice though! 🙂

  40. 20 May 2009 2:46 pm

    ok, now i have to see this movie! you should have done the original film review for it – everyone would have gone. 😉

  41. 20 May 2009 5:38 pm

    Oh, I really want to see this!

  42. 21 May 2009 6:44 am

    I am sooooooo obsessed too! I saw it in Soho when it first came out and I fell in love. Not only is Bardem one of my favorite actors of all time, but OMG he just captivated every inch of my body and mind. Penelope was at her best in this film and I was utterly impressed by her role and the way she played her character. I have to say, she is much better doing Spanish speaking movies. Thanks for posting.



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  43. rossovelvet permalink
    21 May 2009 7:33 am

    I’ve the fear I’ll dislike it because it’s Woody Allen trying to do Almodovar… and Almodovar is the only contemporary director I like.
    But this should be lots of fun, so I guess I have to see it nevertheless… and your critic makes me curious !! x)

    ( as for the Tour Eiffel, being a Rome-fan, roman and everything, I’m more a Colosseum-girl, so I’ll boycott that 12oth anniversary… it really can’t compete with nearly 2ooo years, right ? ^^ )

  44. 30 May 2009 1:33 am

    i just loved penelope on this movie 🙂

  45. Mia permalink
    19 January 2010 8:32 pm

    Anyone know the brand of the tiger bag?? Please email me – Thanks guys!

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