An American working in Barcelona, having sworn off beautiful women, is forced to be host to his playboy cousin in this witty comedy of good intentions and mixed signals.
Ted, a stiffnecked American sales representative living in post-Franco Barcelona, has grown accustomed to his conservative lifestyle. But his daily routine -- including a recent vow not to date attractive women -- is turned upside-down when his more sociable cousin Fred, a Navy lieutenant, moves in with him and refuses to leave. But rising political tensions and anti-American sentiment force these bickering boys to bond. So Fred and Ted, obsessed with women, make the best of adverse circumstances and agree to participate in the city's disco driven night-life. Maybe somewhere along the way, Fred can help his bible-quoting cousin let go of puritanical inhibitions.
Co-produced by Westerly Films. Screened at the Cannes Film Festival (market), May 15, 1994. Dolby Recording. Fotofilm color, Technicolor prints. Rated BBFC 12 by the British Board of Film Classification.
"...Whit's ample wit [is] once again the star of the show..." - Recommended - 03/01/1995 Premiere, p.92
"...BARCELONA is a remarkable find: The film doesn't stop at getting your attention, it rewards it..." - 08/11/1994 Rolling Stone, p.63
"...[BARCELONA has] an offbeat, amusing specificity that is distinctive and rare....A slender, deadpan romantic comedy with its eye toward world affairs..." - 07/29/1994 New York Times, p.C3
"...Often humorous, sometimes jazzy, frequently serious, occasionally annoying, and always literate." -- Rating: B+ - 01/20/1995 Entertainment Weekly, p.78
"...[This] sophisticated picture possesses a strong authorial voice and an appealing intelligence..." - 06/13/1994 Variety
"...Nichols and Eigeman handle Stillman's quirky dialogue exceptionally well..." - 08/05/1994 Los Angeles Times, p.F1
"...Stillman brings great wit and wicked humor to his subjects, but he doesn't make fun of them -- he likes them..." - 08/05/1994 Chicago Sun-Times, p.38
"Like all of Stillmans films, BARCELONA is more a collection of amusing anecdotes than a narrative." - 04/16/2016 A.V. Club