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Predator's pursuit of love

PUBLISHED: 13:49 11 March 2009 | UPDATED: 17:11 16 August 2010

IN THE wake of Woody Allen s enormously successful Vicky Cristina Barcelona comes another dreamy European tale of addictive love. This Spanish art-house style flick will appeal to all those eager for the arrival of summer and with it the promise of balmy

IN THE wake of Woody Allen's enormously successful Vicky Cristina Barcelona comes another dreamy European tale of addictive love.

This Spanish art-house style flick will appeal to all those eager for the arrival of summer and with it the promise of balmy evenings filled with romance.

Spanish director José Luis Guerín tells the tale of lovelorn tourist El (Xavier Lafitte), who returns to Strasburg after a brief encounter with the beautiful Ella (Pilar López de Ayala) six years earlier. He spends his days sitting in a café, drinking beer, sketching passers-by and waiting for her to appear.

The film looks at the young artist/writer's voyeurism but serves it up in a very light way. Were it not for this, and the beautiful surroundings, which Guerín makes full use of, then his stalker-like antics might seem quite creepy.

He follows Ella along Strasburg's winding streets and the surveillance resonates more strongly than ever in our CCTV-filled society.

This is a bold but quiet film and offers a provoking take on the man-meets-woman tale, making it refreshing and enjoyable to watch.

In the City of Sylvia is in cinemas from tomorrow.

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