20 Centimeters (2005)
"20 centímetros" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  10 June 2005 (Spain)
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A narcoleptic transvestite who yearns to become a transsexual dreams up elaborate musical numbers in which she's the star.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
El reponedor
Miguel O'Dogherty ...
Concha Galán ...
Pilar Bardem ...
La Candelaria
La Frío - Ice Box
Rebeca mayor
Richard Shaw ...
La Conejo - Bunny
María Lalane ...
Inma Olmos ...
La Malfollá
Pepa Charro ...
Graziella / Dama de honor #1
Pep Noguera ...
Cayetana Márquez ...
Pili La Pelos


Colloquially-told story of a few days in the life of Marieta, who's saving money for the last operation in her change from man to woman. She works as a prostitute in Madrid and longs for a legitimate job. Whenever she builds up her savings, her housemate and best friend Tomás finds ways to spend, lose, or cost her those funds. She meets Raúl, whom she likes and who likes her; the trouble is he also likes that part of her she wants removed. If that's not enough, she also has narcolepsy, and when she conks out, she dreams of musical-theater numbers in which she's the singing and dancing star. Are these dreams always going to be 20 centimeters out of reach? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

10 June 2005 (Spain)  »

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20 Centímetros  »

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$2,177 (USA) (27 October 2006)


$4,810 (USA) (3 November 2006)

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a fabulous Bollywood version of Transamerica and Nights of Cabiria
30 January 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

This is a completely fabulous movie. Imagine a Bollywood version of Transamerica directed by Pedro Almodovar from a script by Dennis Potter. Imagine taking LSD and going to a showing of Breakfast On Pluto which has had its IRA scenes replaced by scenes from Nights of Cabiria. This is perhaps not a date movie for the faint of heart but if genre-bending and gender-bending don't scare you, this movie is relentlessly, joyfully entertaining. There's Something About Mary all right, and it's eight inches long! The dance sequences are great; they had so much delicious stuff to look at all over the frame that I had decided that I didn't have a moment to spare for looking at the subtitles during them and was relieved when our heroine starting singing in English. Given the difficulties of foreign film distribution in this country, you may have to root around for this movie but once you find it it's a handful and a half!

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