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Film > 20 CENTIMETRES (20 CENTIMETROS)
SUN | AUG 27 | 7:00 PM | EMPIRE GRANVILLE 7 CINEMAS
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director: Ramón Salazar
With visual references from films as diverse as The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and early Almodóvar, 20 Centimetres is a sumptuous tour through one woman’s journey of finding—and embodying—her true self.
Marieta, a narcoleptic pre-op transsexual, has a pesky problem. Mightily endowed with a 20-centimetre member (that’s eight inches!), she dreams of a glamorous post-op life. prone to falling asleep at the most inopportune of times, Marieta’s fantasies have a way of sneaking up: in her dozing, she becomes the star of lavish, extravagantly choreographed musical numbers, accompanied by Spanish pop songs and the music of Madonna, Queen and Ani DiFranco, among others. Dream opposes reality, though, and in her daily life, Marieta struggles with a marginalized existence, living in poverty, turning tricks for money and bickering with her roommate Tomas, who, small in body but huge in heart, yearns similarly to find his stride.
When Marieta meets Raul, a fruit stocker with an ass like a perfect peach, she believes she’s found the perfect man. problem is, Raul prefers her with big package intacto, and enthusiastically surrenders his peach to her impressive appendage. Marieta’s choice is a difficult one—can she be truly loved as the woman she knows she is?
Director Ramón Salazar has created an unforgettable heroine in Marieta, and gives us a film that masters both neo-realism and high camp in one gorgeous, captivating package.