20 Centimeters (20 Centimetres) (20 centímetros) (2005)
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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.
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.
Director Ramón Salazar, in only his second feature, distinguishes himself from others who so less effectively bend genres, and genders.
Here's yet another self-consciously 'Almodóvarian' confection, studded with small odes to the glory of self-creation.
Size plays a major role in this brash, vivacious concoction of dark comedy, light drama and musical performance.
Director (Ramon) Salazar is no Pedro Almodóvar, try as he might.
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.
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.
Salazar has managed to drain all life out of what should naturally be a most lively project.
The real joy of 20 Centimeters is taking in the spectacle of the song and dance, from cabaret to new wave.
Whether she's acting like Marilyn Manson or Marilyn Monroe, Monica Cervera delivers an audaciously over the top and delectably rich comic performance.
Monica Cervera's fearless performance as the homely Marieta, whose movie-made dreams of glamour will never come true, is mesmerizing.
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.
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.
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