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 holding him back from full womanhood. Sex-change operations don't come cheap, though, and in order to raise said money Marieta must first land a decent-paying job. Though one successful interview does find Marieta hired as a railroad-station cleaner, the exhausted worker immediately falls asleep on the job and is quickly fired for doing so. It is in his sleep that Marieta truly comes alive, though, and after falling asleep during a conversation at a nearby market, the dreamland Ginger Rogers is pulled to safety by handsome stock boy El Reponedor (Pablo Puyol). As an intensely sexual relationship begins to develop between Marieta and El Reponedor, the aspiring transsexual discovers that even if he himself doesn't appreciate his one defining male characteristic, there are others out there who most certainly do.
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Mónica Cervera
as Marieta/Adolfo
Pablo Puyol
as Raúl
Lola Dueñas
as Hermana de Rebeca
Pilar Bardem
as Candelaria
Juan Sanz
as Gustavo
Rossy de Palma
as Ice Box
Najwa Nimri
as Bunny
Geli Albaladejo
as Empleada ETT
Fany de Castro
as Madre del Reponedor
Vicente Haro
as Padre del Reponedor - Fruit Stocker's Father
María Lalane
as Maestra
Pep Noguera
as Superior
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Critic Reviews for 20 Centimeters (20 Centimetres) (20 centímetros)

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

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

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
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.

Full Review… | November 9, 2006
Top Critic

Director Ramón Salazar, in only his second feature, distinguishes himself from others who so less effectively bend genres, and genders.

November 1, 2006
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 1, 2006
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 29, 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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Audience Reviews for 20 Centimeters (20 Centimetres) (20 centímetros)

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 Kuo
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?

Robert Fearon
Robert Fearon

Super Reviewer

This movie is wonderful fun. It manages to be campy and extravagant while still being emotionally touching. Can I get a hurrah for the main actress. She is without a doubt (no offense) the ugliest film protagonist I have ever seen (more so than Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and she manages to be abundantly empathetic, joyful, and yes, sexy. Brilliant.

Adam Perkes
Adam Perkes

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