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20 Centimeters (2005)

20 centímetros (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Musical | 10 June 2005 (Spain)
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
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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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:

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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish | French | English

Release Date:

10 June 2005 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

20 Centímetros See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,177, 29 October 2006

Gross USA:

$4,810
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

I Want To Break Free
Written by John Deacon
Performed by Mónica Cervera
Courtesy of EMI Music Publishing Spain, S.A.
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Didn't work for me.
2 October 2006 | by Red-125See all my reviews

"20 Centímetros" (2005), written and directed by Ramón Salazar, is the story of a transvestite who would like to be rid of the 20 centimeters-- about 8 inches--of sexual organ that prevents her from being the woman she wants to be. The plot becomes more complex because Marieta (Mónica Cervera) falls in love with a man who likes her just the way she is.

There are two more subplots--one involves Marieta's house-mate, who is a wildly inept businessman, and the other is about a woman who lives in Marieta's apartment house and who is involved with some very shady deals, that are often frustrated because she can't find a babysitter.

The supposed charm of the movie comes from the fact that Marieta has narcolepsy. When she falls into a trance, she dreams of herself in Technicolor musical production numbers.

The problem with this film for me was that the musical numbers, which should have kept the movie from just being a Spanish "Transamerica," weren't very charming. The classic movie musicals are colorful and vibrant--these were more cutting edge and threatening.

I don't see "20 Centimetros" as a GLBT film any more than "Transamerica" was a GLBT film. However, when it was shown at Rochester's Dryden Theatre, the crowd was composed almost exclusively of gay male couples. The man who introduced the film said the he chose it because of the musical numbers. I'm not sure if he had previewed it before he selected it. It's the kind of movie that looks better on paper than it plays on the screen.


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