Woody Allen finds love is hard in "Vicky Cristina"

Sat May 17, 2008 11:59am EDT
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By Bob Tourtellotte

CANNES, France (Reuters) - His new movie "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" deals with women, men and multiple lovers, but when it comes to real-life romance, director Woody Allen, 75, says more than a single sex partner is far too many these days.

"It's hard enough to get one person," he told reporters at a Saturday news conference at the Cannes film festival. "In trying to figure out solutions in life, two tends to make it more complicated than one."

"In film, you can do it because I'm dealing with larger than life characters ... but in real life, most of us could never handle anything like that," he added.

"Vicky Cristina Barcelona," which looks at several different love relationships including a menage-a-trois, debuted to a warm reception at Cannes as one of the few light comedies here. Many films, such as prison drama "Hunger" and Lebanese war movie "Waltz with Bashir" delve into dark human conditions.

Show business newspaper Daily Variety called "Vicky Cristina" "a sexy, funny divertissement that passes as enjoyably as an idle sunny afternoon in the titular Spanish city" and added the film "is by several degrees more hot-blooded than his (Allen's) usual norm."

Allen said he definitely wanted to make the movie funny, but he also saw it as a somewhat tragic tale of people who can't fall in love, others who fall perhaps too deeply for each other, and those who marry for all the wrong reasons.


The movie centers on two American tourists who travel to cosmopolitan Barcelona to spend a summer. One, Vicky (Rebecca Hall), wants to spend it studying a portion of Spanish culture before she gets married, and the other Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) is on a constant search for fulfillment.   Continued...

<p>U.S. director Woody Allen (C) poses with cast members Penelope Cruz (L) and Rebecca Hall at a photocall for the film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 17, 2008. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier</p>