Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Spain, 2000. Cuarteto Producciones Cinematográficas S.L., Media Park, Universal Pictures. Screenplay by Yolanda Garcia Serrano, Juan Luis Iborra. Cinematography by Angel Luis Fernandez. Produced by Rafael Alvaro, Stefan Nicoll, Gianni Ricci. Music by Joan Bibiloni. Production Design by Ana Alvargonzalez. Costume Design by Josune Lasa. Film Editing by José Salcedo.
Kilometer Zero, the square in Madrid where all directional measurements for the entire country meet, is the starting point for all sorts of mayhem in this cute romantic ensemble comedy. A married woman (Concha Velasco, who is wonderful) is bored in marriage and hires a gigolo, picking him up in the famed square, while a flamenco dancer shows up to meet an internet sex date and accidentally picks up the gigolo’s roommate instead. Meanwhile, the dancer’s intended date takes up with a soon-to-be-married, nervous virgin who was supposed to meet a hooker who accidentally went home with a provincial visitor who thought she was a friend of his sister’s. That particular woman was distracted when a famous director crossed her path on her way to pick up the boy and ends up doing everything she can to get into the director’s new play. Further complications ensue, if that’s even possible, but directors Yolanda Garcia Serrano and Juan Luis Iborra (Amor De Hombre) never let it reach a full boil; the many characters and plots are engaging and worth investing in, but none of them achieve a satisfying climax. Still, there are treats worth enjoying here.