We Dig Music: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

As much as we love film, we also dig music. Once a month, we strum through films that wouldn't be what they are without music.

The movie: Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarett Johansson) are vacationing in Spain for the summer; Vicky researching for her masters in Catalan Identity, Cristina on an aimless adventure. The two easily become charmed and romanced by Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), whose wife María Elena (Penélope Cruz) soon comes into the picture to distort it.

The soundtrack: Although this film isn't a musical, nor even directly about music itself, it's role is critical. As much as this movie is about a frivolous rift in life jewelled with complex, compelling characters, it's also about the tingling Spanish guitar weaving throughout scenes. It's an emotional narrative, and often parallels itself with the emotion evoked from listening to music. At one point, Vicky is even brought to tears by a dimly-lit nighttime guitar performance.

The playlist:
  • "Barcelona" by Giulia y Los Tellarini
  • "Gorrion" by Juan Serrano
  • "Entre Dos Aguas" by Paco De Lucia
  • "Granada" by Emilio de Benito
  • "La Ley Del Retiro" by Giulia y Los Tellarini

"Barcelona" by Giulia y Los Tellarini

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