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Km. 0
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by Brian McKay

"Sex, love, and mistaken identity all intersect at Kilometer Zero."
4 stars

While the title KILOMETER ZERO would be worthy of a highway thriller, it is in fact a charming Spanish comedy set in and around Madrid's Plaza del Sol, the central square from which all distances within Spain are measured. When several individuals arrange to meet one another there at 6:00 p.m. on a sweltering hot August day, the resulting series of missed connections, chance encounters, and mistaken identities proves a fertile ground for comedy and romance.

KM. 0 boasts a talented ensemble cast of disparate characters who happen to meet through various twists of fate. Among the film's principal characters are a prostitute named Tatiana (Elisa Matilla) goes looking for a customer she has only met on the phone, and ends up taking home a young student filmmaker by mistake, who thinks that she is his sister's friend. Meanwhile, the real sister's friend, the struggling actress Sylvia (Merce' Pons), throws herself in front of the car of prominent director Gerardo (George Corraface) in the hopes of landing a part in his latest musical. Bored rich housewife Marga (Concha Velasco) meets up with gigolo Miguel (Jesus Cabrero), only to discover afterward that she may have made an Oedipal faux pas. Miguel's roommate, Benjamin (Miquel Garcia'), gets picked up on by dancer Mario (Tristan Ulloa), who mistakes him for his internet sex chat buddy. Bride-to-be Amor (Silke Hornillos) tries to buy a nice birthday present for her indecisive fiancee' Pedro (Carlos Feuntes), but keeps getting robbed before she can make a purchase.

The result of all these characters becoming mixed and matched is a very funny film that is saved from the occasional contrivance by the excellent cast and some nimble segues from director duo Yolanda Garcia Serrano and Juan Luis Iborra. And while some of the twists and turns are a bit far-fetched, even in a romantic farce such as this, they are certainly more convincing and more deftly handled than what we get in the average Hollywood-made romantic comedy. The story's credibility is stretched thin at times, and some of the relationships develop far too quickly in a frantic effort to give closure before the end credits roll. However, with such an enjoyable cast and a script full of wry and clever dialogue, it's hard not to get caught up in the romantic notions that are the mainstay of KM. 0. As demonstrated by a self-referential moment in the opening scene (where an advertisement for KM. 0 appears on the side of a passing bus), the film doesn't take itself too seriously, and neither should you.

KM. 0, with its sexy Latin style, is an engaging and heartfelt look at what can happen when random fates, like random points on a map, become intertwined.

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1/04/04 gomex it's ok, funny, but not too much, entertaining, worth the cruise between the dancer and Ben 4 stars
7/29/03 T Hillarious, entertaining, good looking guys, good stories 4 stars
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  DVD: 17-Feb-2004



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