20 Centimeters is an over-the-top campy musical about a narcoleptic transgender prostitute in Madrid. What many men would carry between their legs as their pride and joy is a problem for Marieta, but she doesn't have the money for a sex change. We meet some of Marieta's neighbors and coworkers, plus her new love interest, with scenes interspersed with grandiose musical numbers.
I found 20cm amusing, but superficial, falling short of its dreams because of the lack of connection between the main character and the audience. There are some laugh-out-loud moments, but on the whole the film didn't come together for me.
20 Centímetros, dir. Ramón Salazar, 2005 Spain/France, 113 min., in Spanish and English with English subtitles
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