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20 centímetros (2005)

A narcoleptic transvestite who yearns to become a transsexual dreams up elaborate musical numbers in which she's the star.

Director:

Ramón Salazar

Writer:

Ramón Salazar (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mónica Cervera ... Marieta
Pablo Puyol ... El reponedor
Miguel O'Dogherty Miguel O'Dogherty ... Tomás
Concha Galán Concha Galán ... Berta
Pilar Bardem ... La Candelaria
Rossy de Palma ... La Frío - Ice Box
Lola Dueñas ... Rebeca mayor
Juan Sanz ... Gustavo
Richard Shaw Richard Shaw ... Paulito
Najwa Nimri ... La Conejo - Bunny
María Lalane María Lalane ... Maestra
Inma Olmos Inma Olmos ... La Malfollá
Pepa Charro ... Graziella / Dama de honor #1
Pep Noguera Pep Noguera ... Superior
Cayetana Márquez Cayetana Márquez ... Pili La Pelos
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish | French | English

Release Date:

10 June 2005 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,177, 29 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,810, 5 November 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

Pixie
Written by Ani Difranco
Performed by Najwa Nimri
Courtesy of Warner Chappel Music Spain, S.A.
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Imitation Almodovar with some redeeming qualities
7 January 2007 | by ekebySee all my reviews

Vibrant music, bright colors, drag queens and transgenders working the street, pathos, laughter--you name it, this film's got it. You'll find much of the same in any Almodovar film, but this isn't Almodovar by a long shot. You have to admire a lot about it, the actors, the direction, the inventive costumes and make up, but ultimately, despite the catalog of intriguing aspects, the film doesn't add up to very much.

Marieta's narcolepsy doesn't serve the plot except as a device for dream sequence song and dance numbers. These episodes seemed like music videos dropped in out of nowhere. While they're bright and energetic, a lot of the time I couldn't help thinking how much better they would have been--particularly the choreography--if done by an American studio in the 1940s and '50s. I shock myself when I admit that, but it's what came to mind as I watched this film.

There's enough storyline in this movie for three separate films, which is part of the problem and part of the charm. Although I don't regret having seen 20 Centimeters, I wouldn't recommend you go out of your way to see it, unless you're part of the trans-gendered community. In which case, it's part of your heritage.


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