Km. 0 - Kilometer Zero

"Very Good"

Km. 0 - Kilometer Zero Review


It's a steamy summer afternoon in Madrid, but no one is taking a siesta. On the contrary, the 14 main characters in Km. 0 are on the prowl, looking for missing mates, quick hookups, or the simplest carnal satisfactions, all before the sun goes down.

The chosen meeting place for all these brief encounters: kilometro cero, the marker in Madrid's central plaza from which all highway distances in Spain are measured. It's a convenient meeting place, too convenient, in fact, because when so many strangers pick the same spot to meet, there are bound to be plenty of cases of mistaken identity and screwed-up assignations. One could easily argue that there are enough tangled plotlines here for several interesting films.

First comes Pedro, a young film student from out of town looking to meet up with his sister's friend, who has offered him a place to sleep. By mistake, he picks up Tatiana (Elisa Matilla), a hooker with a heart of gold and a case of low self-esteem. He thinks he's found his roommate. She thinks she's found her john. This is the Pygmalion plotline.

Creepier is the connection between Marga (Concha Velesco), a grand dame of a certain age who orders up a muy macho escort (Jesus Cabrero) by phone but comes to realize (a little too late) that the guy in question may in fact be a very close but long-lost relation. This is the Oedipus plotline.

At the same time, an uptight accountant (Alberto San Juan), who was supposed to meet the hooker in order to devirginize himself before his wedding, instead meets a vivacious gay guy (Armando del Rio) who takes him to a nearby bar for drinks. The gay guy has missed his hookup because another gay guy (Miguel Garcia) has snagged his Internet date, a sexy flamenco dancer (Victor Ullate Jr.), and off they have gone for an afternoon of no-commitment fooling around. This is the gay sex farce plotline.

And that's just the half of it. As the day progresses and the confused characters start to figure out who's who and what's what, all sorts of funny and sexy scenarios play out. Call it Almodóvar Lite, a sweaty libidinous romp full of rat-a-tat dialogue (or, more accurately, rat-a-tat subtitles) but without Almodóvar's trademark transvestites and wacky wallpaper. The big and somewhat obvious message is that our destinies are the result of the most accidental of encounters. So don't stay inside. Get out there and bump into people, even if you'd really rather stay home by your air conditioner.

Aka Kilometro Cero.

Gotta start counting somewhere.



Facts and Figures

Run time: 108 mins

In Theaters: Friday 30th June 2000

Distributed by: TLA Releasing

Production compaines: TLA Releasing

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 53%
Fresh: 24 Rotten: 21

IMDB: 7.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: , Yolanda García Serrano

Starring: Georges Corraface as Gerardo, Concha Velasco as Marga, as Pedro, Mercè Pons as Silvia, as Sergio, Silke as Amor

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