Among stale Hollywood romances like I.Q., SPEECHLESS, and LOVE AFFAIR, Whit Stillman's BARCELONA is the real McCoy, a gossamer blend of chagrin d'amour
, musical beds, and translation errors in the language of love.
In Spain during the last years of the Cold War, Ted (Taylor Nichols), an American salesman, reluctantly plays host to his cousin, naval officer Fred (Christopher Eigeman). Bumming money or embroidering stories about Ted's sexual proclivities, Fred is a tactless but oddly charming loose cannon, and
the two become social successes among the young women who work as hostesses for the Spanish Trade Fair. While Ted pursues Montserrat (Tushka Bergen),...