Km. 0

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Romance

With six separate story lines crammed into a little under two hours, this light-hearted romantic melodrama from Spain is like gorging on tapas: You won't go away hungry, but you may crave something more substantial. On a sweltering August afternoon, each story begins at Kilometer Zero, the tablet in Madrid's bustling Puerta del Sol said to mark the starting...read more

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With six separate story lines crammed into a little under two hours, this light-hearted romantic melodrama from Spain is like gorging on tapas: You won't go away hungry, but you may crave something more substantial. On a sweltering August afternoon, each story begins at Kilometer Zero, the tablet in Madrid's bustling Puerta del Sol said to mark the starting point of Spain's major roadways. Film student Pedro (Carlos Fuentes), who's just arrived in the city, is waiting there to meet struggling actress Silvia (Merce Pons), with whom he's arranged to stay for the next three months. Bruno (Victor Ullate Jr.) and Maximo (Armando del Rio), who met earlier that day in an online chat room, have chosen the marker as a meeting place; they hope their rendezvous will lead to an afternoon of hot, casual sex. Wealthy but neglected Marga (Concha Valasco) is considering hiring Miguel (Jesus Cabrero), a hustler young enough to be her son, but first wants to check out the merchandise. Miguel suggests meeting at km.0, where put-upon prostitute Tatiana (Elisa Matilla) has also arranged to meet a client, inexperienced first-time john Sergio (Alberto San Juan). Finally, the Puerta del Sol finds unhappy bartender Mario (Tristan Ulloa) and his flighty girlfriend, Amor (Silke), who's pressuring him to marry her, saying goodbye for the day. She's off to try on wedding dresses; he's going to work at the caf&#233 where all these disparate characters will eventually wind up. A series of mix-ups, coincidences and serendipitous misunderstandings follows: Pedro mistakes Tatiana for Silvia; Bruno thinks Miguel's roommate, Benjamin (Miguel Garcia), is Maximo. Stood up by their dates, Maximo and Sergio retire to Mario's caf&#233, where they spend the afternoon getting drunk. While waiting for Pedro, Silvia recognizes the famous theatrical director Gerardo Seurrault (Georges Corraface), and stages an accident to get his attention. And after getting robbed no fewer than three times, Amor winds up at the police station, where an unexpected reunion suddenly sets her heart on a different course. Writer-directors Juan Luis Iborra and Yolanda Garcia Serrano keep a lot of balls in the air, and their film does hold your attention even if its conclusion isn't exactly satisfying. Like any good soap opera, the script deftly flits among story lines, offering just enough tantalizing plot development to keep you sticking around for another bite. (In Spanish, with English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: With six separate story lines crammed into a little under two hours, this light-hearted romantic melodrama from Spain is like gorging on tapas: You won't go away hungry, but you may crave something more substantial. On a sweltering August afternoon, each s… (more)

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