This may look like a period piece from the early 1990s, but director Whit Stillman's witty, wordy comedy about foreigners abroad stands the test of time — not least because the appeal of the movie's main star, gorgeous Barcelona, is utterly timeless.
The Spanish city, acting as backdrop to the tangled love lives of a feckless American naval officer and his highly strung cousin, looks like pure heaven.
Warm nights, amazing architecture, sunshine, cafes, bars, parties, conversation, coastal escapes and beautiful people. The movie also presents possibly the best argument ever for falling in love with someone of a different nationality.
"What's really terrific is that when we act in ways which might objectively be considered incredibly obnoxious or annoying," ruminates newly married lead character Ted, "They don't get upset at all, they don't take it personally, they just assume it's some national characteristic." — Barry Neild
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