Film #5 20 CM
I’m going to start by saying that I’m not a fan of musicals. I, think, most musicals are also categorized as dramas which does not make much sense in my head. How does someone’s death promote you to start singing, I often thought. That said, once in a while a musical falls on my laps and strikes the right note with me. I still remember seeing Singing In The Rain and how happy it made me feel. Many moons have passed since then and I still couldn’t find another musical that I admired as much as Singing In The Rain…then I stumbled upon 20 CM on Netflix. As I’m typing I am suddenly overcome with chuckles, remembering how dysfunctional a group of characters this film consisted of.
2o CM is about Marieta, a pre-op transsexual who longs to get rid of her 2o CM member but unable to do so due to financial restrictions. Played wonderfully by Monica Cervera, she tries to collect the cost of the surgery by moonlighting as a prostitute. One problem, Marieta has narcolepsy; at any given moment she falls into deep sleep. Once Marieta falls victim to this curse of hers we are transformed into her dreams that consist of the most beautifully colored environments, surrounded by people singing alongside her while she covers popular songs that range from Spanish to English to French. For the sake of not spoiling the film for you I will end by saying that she has a very amusing group of characters surrounding her at all times; from her neighbor who is involved with illegal business to the man that loves her for the wrong reason. More than anything I love the fact that 2o CM doesn’t take itself seriously. 20 CM should be readily available in your local video rental store if you’re a non-Netflixer.
There is one other musical that has a special place in my heart, but that’s for another post.read more