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Asfalto (2000)

Cast: Najwa Nimri, Najwa Nimri, Juan Diego Botto, more...
Director: Daniel Calparsoro, Daniel Calparsoro
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Lions Gate
Genre: Foreign, Spain
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English
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Noted Basque-born director Daniel Calparsoro spins this high-octane crime thriller set in Madrid. The film opens with a violent car wreck witnessed by stunning Lucia (Najwa Nimri) and her thuggish boyfriend Chino (Gustavo Salmeron). Just before Chino, Lucia, and their buddy Charly (Juan Diego Botto) rob a wealthy Frenchman at gunpoint, the couple makes noisy love as their pal looks on. The rich man gets shot in the process of the robbery. Thinking that they killed him, the three promptly flee. Meanwhile, Chino's elder cop brother Antonio (Alfredo Villa) tries to steer his rebellious sibling toward the straight and narrow -- until Chino finally gives in and tips off the cops about a drug deal between Charley and a crime boss. This film was screened at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

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Winning Losers by talltale February 15, 2005 - 7:18 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
That ASFALTO works, and works as well as it does is due mostly to the ability of its cast and director/co-writer Daniel Calparsoro (who gave us one of the greatest war movies ever in "Guerreros") to somehow, against all odds, make these loser characters not just appealing but worth caring about. There are no villains here, just hugely flawed people trying to get through life and taking each along--and down--with them. Najwa Nimri, Juan Diego Botto and Gustavo Salmeron handle the leads in exemplary fashion, and Alfredo Villa and Antonia San Juan are fine as the subsidiary brother and mother. "Guerreros" is from 2002, this one from 2000; on the basis of these two, I can't wait to see what the talented Calparsoro brings us next.

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