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Asfalto (2000)

Three young and desperate inhabitants of Madrid attempt to rise above their circumstances by any means available to them in that sun-drenched city. This tight-knit trio must scramble when ... See full summary »


Daniel Calparsoro
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Cast overview:
Najwa Nimri ... Lucía / Chino's girlfriend
Juan Diego Botto ... Charly
Gustavo Salmerón ... Chino / Lucia's boyfriend
Alfredo Villa ... Antonio / cop-Chino's elder brother
Antonia San Juan ... Clarita / Lucia's mother
Roger Ibáñez Roger Ibáñez ... Luis / Drug dealer
Javier Nogueiras Javier Nogueiras ... Paco
Rubén Ochandiano ... Miguel (as Ruben Otxandiano)
Jeff Bigot Jeff Bigot ... Francés
Carla Calparsoro Carla Calparsoro ... Mamen
David Bolajuzón David Bolajuzón ... Jefe de Policía
Oliver G. Sarmiento Oliver G. Sarmiento ... Jorge (as Oliver G. Sarmiento aka Mucho Muchacho)
Ángel Plana Ángel Plana ... Detective (as Ángel Planas)
Javier Vega Javier Vega ... Joven Parque


Three young and desperate inhabitants of Madrid attempt to rise above their circumstances by any means available to them in that sun-drenched city. This tight-knit trio must scramble when their hasty plans become derailed by a demanding matriarch, an abusive older brother, and the entire corrupt underclass with which they deal. Written by mikhail080@cs.com

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Spain | France



Release Date:

4 February 2000 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Asfalttiviidakko See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Minor flaws, great filmmaking
21 April 2000 | by OphulsSee all my reviews

15 minutes into ASFALTO, Calparsoro's latest directorial effort, I am still thinking that I am not going to like this. It has rained a lot since Godard said that all you needed to make a movie was a gun and a girl. Yesterday's boutade is today's common place. But something happens in the way and I find myself genuinely involved with the characters and deeply moved. And ultimately that is what filmmaking is about - I don't care about anything else, but move me, make me feel something, deliver an emotional experience. And ASFALTO definitively does, this is no ordinary Tarantinesque picture. In a year of mediocre Spanish movies it stands out. The script by Calparsoro and Santiago Tabernero underexplains certain subplots, but builds three very charismatic and believable characters and gives them great scenes to play. Najwa Nimri is OUTSTANDING as Lucia, the bad girl that wants to mend her ways, walking up and down the steamy streets of Madrid in the midst of summer wearing skimpy hotpants and high heels. Her Lucia is vulnerable, volatile and lovable. Gustavo Salmeron is once again great as Chino, the conventional guy forced to become a policeman, and Juan Diego Botto infuses the threesome with mystery. Beautifully shot by Josep Maria Civit, some of the action scenes are not terribly well executed, but it makes up for it with pure beauty in shots like Nimri and Botto asleep inside a discarded truck wheel looking at Madrid as the sun comes up, and many more. It has its flaws but the virtues of the film redeems it at the end. Beautiful, must see.

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