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Asfalto (2000)






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Noted Basque-born director Daniel Calparsoro spins this high-octane crime thriller set in Madrid. The film opens with a violent car wreck witnessed by stunning Lucia (Najwa Nimri) and her thuggish boyfriend Chino (Gustavo Salmeron). Just before Chino, Lucia, and their buddy Charly (Juan Diego Botto) rob a wealthy Frenchman at gunpoint, the couple makes noisy love as their pal looks on. The rich man gets shot in the process of the robbery. Thinking that they killed him, the three promptly flee. Meanwhile, Chino's elder cop brother Antonio (Alfredo Villa) tries to steer his rebellious sibling toward the straight and narrow -- until Chino finally gives in and tips off the cops about a drug deal between Charley and a crime boss. This film was screened at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
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On DVD: Feb 15, 2005


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Overwrought paean to Madrid and its underworld (seems slightly tame despite the director's hope we come away with a sense of its edginess). Drug deals and a menage-a-trois and Najwa Nimri's impossibly long legs predominate. Not bad.

A entirely generic crime-drama from Spain that does feature solid performances from the main cast - which includes Juan Diego Botto ("Silencio roto") and Najwa Nimri ("El Método"), two fine Spanish actors - but the plot is so woefully clichéd and run-of-the-mill that it's perdictable from beginning to end, making it a very dull experience. The writer-director, Daniel Calparsoro, does show competence in his direction - even going on to direct the very good (though overly-melodramatic) war picture "Guerreros" (aka "Warrirors") - but his writing skills here are severely lacking. Only those who are avid fans of Spanish cinema should consider watching this, others should definitely skip it.

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