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20 Centimeters (20 Centimetres) (20 centímetros) (2005)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 5

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A fantasy-prone transvestite who is looking to make the leap to transsexual status imagines that he is the star of a lavish universe punctuated by elaborate musical numbers in director Ramon Salazar's stylish sophomore feature. Adolfo (Monica Cervera) is a die-hard romantic who currently shares a cramped apartment with Tomas (Miguel O'Dogherty). Though he was born a man, Adolfo prefers to go by the name Marieta, and is currently stashing away the money needed to shed the male appendage that is

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There's not much to savor in the way of plot, and the film aimlessly wanders through Marietta's life.

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Showing a stylistic bravura and confidence rare among upcoming Spanish helmers, Ramon Salazar's campy 20 Centimeters is a self-regarding but vastly entertaining sophomore effort.

November 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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Director Ramón Salazar, in only his second feature, distinguishes himself from others who so less effectively bend genres, and genders.

November 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Here's yet another self-consciously 'Almodóvarian' confection, studded with small odes to the glory of self-creation.

November 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Size plays a major role in this brash, vivacious concoction of dark comedy, light drama and musical performance.

October 30, 2006
New York Times
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Director (Ramon) Salazar is no Pedro Almodóvar, try as he might.

October 27, 2006
New York Post
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It all makes one think that the Spanish film industry needs to seriously get hold of itself and stop with these slavish, sub-Almodóvarian forays into excess.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Every time 20 Centimeters feels a little slow or annoying, the quirky musical numbers kick in and their intense energy seems to make everything all right.

January 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Salazar has managed to drain all life out of what should naturally be a most lively project.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source:

The real joy of 20 Centimeters is taking in the spectacle of the song and dance, from cabaret to new wave.

November 9, 2006
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Whether she's acting like Marilyn Manson or Marilyn Monroe, Monica Cervera delivers an audaciously over the top and delectably rich comic performance.

October 28, 2006 Full Review Source:

Monica Cervera's fearless performance as the homely Marieta, whose movie-made dreams of glamour will never come true, is mesmerizing.

October 27, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Unfortunately, Salazar's cinematic skills do not extend to the musical realm, for the song and dance numbers in 20 Centimeters are charm-deprived, uninspired, and ineptly directed and choreographed.

October 27, 2006

Salazar might not have created a completely satisfying film, but if you are looking for a cinematic curiosity way out of the ordinary, 20 centímetros will definitely do the trick.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source:

The film's story may be slight but Salazar's sparkling tribute to an alternative lifestyle and unconventional female beauty is liberating.

June 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for 20 Centimeters (20 Centimetres) (20 centímetros)

[font=Century Gothic]In "20 Centimeters," Marieta(Monica Cervera) is a narcoleptic pre-op transsexual prostitute who lives with Tomas(Miguel O'Dogherty), a dwarf who just inherited a cello from his aunt.(Well, there is something you do not see everyday.) In order to buy opera tickets for the purpose of scalping them, Tomas borrows money from Marieta that she has saved for her operation.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]At its heart, "20 Centimeters" is a touching movie about a friendship between two people living in an often hostile world. The movie owes a little to Dennis Potter in how it uses musical numbers to contrast Marieta's inner fantasy life with the harshness of the real world. And I was especially impressed that instead of shying away from Marieta's sexuality, the movie instead takes a fearless approach in depicting it as anything but passive.[/font]
August 23, 2007
Walter M.

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Visually stunning, somewhat weird but colourful. It's a comedy that is hard to describe, but it's a scrutiny on the world of transexuals, plus it's a musical, what a combination!!!! There's lots of symbolism and subtext, how a transsexual prostitute views the world and the contrast of the harsh reality was impressive.
August 6, 2012
Sylvester Kuo

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"A narcoleptic transsexual prostitute finds herself transported into a musical world in which she is the star whenever she falls asleep." Could this movie be any more AWESOME?
January 25, 2009

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