CANNES, France — Threesomes are too “complicated” to work in real life, Woody Allen and Penelope Cruz said Saturday as they unveiled “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”, a sex romp featuring a hilarious menage a trois. The movie, which is screening out of competition at the Cannes film festival, drew big laughs and applause at a packed press preview late Friday ahead of its red-carpet premiere later Saturday. Cruz appears as a tempestuous Spanish woman who is still drawn to her ex-husband Juan Antonio, a mysterious painter played by her off screen partner, Oscar winner Javier Bardem. Juan Antonio, however, has become drawn to two American women spending the summer in Barcelona — one daring (Scarlett Johansson), the other repressed (Rebecca Hall). The result is a series of love triangles. Asked whether he had scripted a private fantasy of sex with two women, Allen quipped: “It’s hard enough to get one person.”
The 72-year-old director said trying to keep in balance between two partners would be daunting. Cruz agreed a lasting three-way relationship was pure fantasy.