Her seething, fiery line readings combined with looks that could kill make her the front-runner for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars.
The baseline archetypal characters are essentially clichéd, but the way in which Allen handles all of their interpersonal relationships is fairly sophisticated and entertaining even when it grows absurd.
Allen also displays a keen sense of pacing when he creates tension in his build up to Cruz's appearance after her character is endlessly talked about but never seen until about half way through the film.
When Cruz finally arrives, her moody whirling dervish of a performance is the perfect spice to liven up the soupy proceedings.
Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.
Sexually adventurous Cristina and her friend Vicky, who is bright but cautious, holiday in Barcelona where they meet the celebrated and wholly seductive painter, Juan Antonio.
Vicky was completing her master's in Catalan Identity, which she had become interested in through her great affection for the architecture of Gaudí.
Cristina, who spent the last six months writing, directing, and acting in a 12-minute film which she then hated, had just broken up with yet another boyfriend and longed for a change of scenery.First Woody Allen film where two girls' names appear in the title: Vicky and Cristina.Other Allen movies with girls' names in the title include Hannah und ihre Schwestern (1986); Alice (1990); Melinda und Melinda (2004); Cassandras Traum (2007); What's Up, Tiger Lily? See more » When Juan Antonio receives a phone call in the middle of the night, he reaches over and turns on a lamp.This site is a good place in finding Filipino women who share the same faith as you.Most of the members here are from the Philippines, United States, Canada and Australia.The scenery is postcard perfect but drenched in that same dizzying lushness that made Allen's view of NYC so intoxicating in "Manhattan".