20 Centimeters

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Marieta (Mónica Cervera), born Adolfo, is a preoperative transsexual who cannot wait to get rid of a certain bothersome appendage. She falls asleep at inopportune times, then she dreams of elaborate musical fantasies in which she is the star. One day, she meets a handsome fruit stocker (Pablo Puyol) who loves her just as she is. Though Marieta is quite fond of her new lover, she does not want anything to get in the way of her destiny.

Cast & Crew

Mónica Cervera
Marieta
Pablo Puyol
Fruit Stocker
Concha Galán
Berta
Macarena Gómez
Rebeca
Lola Dueñas
Rebeca's sister
Pilar Bardem
Candelaria
Ramón Salazar
Director
Ramón Salazar
Writer
José María Calleja
Producer
Najwa Nimri
Original Music
Pascal Gaigne
Original Music
Ricardo de Gracia
Cinematographer
Teresa Font
Film Editor
Estíbaliz Markiegi
Costume Designer
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News & Interviews for 20 Centimeters (20 Centimetres) (20 centímetros)

Critic Reviews for 20 Centimeters (20 Centimetres) (20 centímetros)

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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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • Director Ramn Salazar, in only his second feature, distinguishes himself from others who so less effectively bend genres, and genders.

    November 1, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

    John Anderson

    Newsday
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  • Here's yet another self-consciously 'Almodvarian' confection, studded with small odes to the glory of self-creation.

    November 1, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Size plays a major role in this brash, vivacious concoction of dark comedy, light drama and musical performance.

    October 30, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • Director (Ramon) Salazar is no Pedro Almodvar, try as he might.

    October 27, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for 20 Centimeters (20 Centimetres) (20 centímetros)

  • Aug 06, 2012
    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.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2009
    "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?
    Robert F Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2007
    [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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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