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Young lovers in London are wrapped up in a love triangle that may not be exactly what it seems. Carmen, a beautiful Spanish woman with a tendency to lose her temper at the drop of a hat, is about to be married to Barnaby, a caring, wealthy, but slightly boring Englishman. While out with friends on her 'hen night' she encounters a stranger who suddenly sparks a passion that has been sleeping within her. As her wedding date approaches, she finds herself struggling to put this newcomer out of her mind, but his effect on her keeps growing stronger. What is it that he sees in her, and why does she feel like she's being pushed inevitably into his arms?

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Release : 2003
Rating : 6.8
Studio : Alquimia Cinema,  Arcane Pictures, 
Crew : Production Design,  Cinematography, 
Cast : Gael García Bernal Tom Hardy James D'Arcy Charlie Cox Natalia Verbeke
Genre : Drama Comedy Thriller Romance Foreign

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A lot of fun.


I really wanted to like this movie. I feel terribly cynical trashing it, and that's why I'm giving it a middling 5. Actually, I'm giving it a 5 because there were some superb performances.


This is ultimately a movie about the very bad things that can happen when we don't address our unease, when we just try to brush it off, whether that's to fit in or to preserve our self-image.

Cissy Évelyne

It really made me laugh, but for some moments I was tearing up because I could relate so much.


Carmen (Natalia Verbeke) , a gorgeous Spanish girl with a dark past , is about to be married to Barnaby Caspian (James D'Arcy), a good-looking but slightly boring Englishman . While out with other women on her 'hen night' she meets a Brazilian young called Kit (Gael Garcia Bernal) holding his handy camera along with his two friends (Tom Hardy , Charlie Cox) and then following a French tradition she warmly kisses him ; later on , Carmen falls in love for him . As young lovers in London are wrapped up in a love triangle that may not be exactly what it seems . As her wedding date approaches, she finds herself struggling to put this newcomer out of her mind, full of secrets as well as mysteries , but his effect on her keeps growing stronger and danger is in the details.Drama/Romance/intrigue movie ; the picture begins as a triangular drama and finishes as a thrilling story about a strange trio and their twisted relationship among them , filled with lasting images , delightful interpretations , style , slow moving and plot twists . It is an exciting film displaying suspense , intrigue , plot points , a touching love story , nudism and interesting drama well written by the same filmmaker Matthew Parkhill . In ¨Dot the I¨ , we see a surprisingly thoughtful approach to an otherwise tiring premise, one we're confident audiences will be well gripped into a peculiar romance and a twisted intrigue . Likable acting by Natalia Verbeke as a beautiful woman with a tendency to lose her temper at the drop of a hat , James D'Arcy as a caring, wealthy young and Gael Garcia Bernal as a stranger who suddenly sparks a passion that has been sleeping within her and they have a deep crush on each other . Nice support cast such as two formerly unknown actors : Tom Hardy and Charlie Cox . Colorful and evocative cinematography by Alfonso Beato , being completely shot in London . Atmospherical musical score by Javier Navarrete , including a spectacular 'Andalucia dance' carried out by Natalia Verbeke at a Flamenco Tablao . This passionate motion picture was well directed by Matthew Parkhill who even appears a cameo as doctor giving bad news in the hospital and the name of the hospital at the ending is "Parkhill Hospital". Matthew Parkhill is a writer and producer, known for (2003), Rogue (2013) and Romeo Thinks Again (1998) and especially this ¨El Punto Sobre la I¨ or ¨Dot the I¨ . Rating : Better than average , worthwhile watching .


I must say I was very surprised by this movie. I have my TV on as I work on pc, and I almost never watch it, when this movie started I found it intriguing somehow. At first I thought it's just another romance teen movie, but something wasn't right.. I like to get surprised by a movie and there are not many movies that did that, I hate when I can easily predict things. At the end I was wondering how come I haven't heard of this movie before and than it hit me, offcourse - this is not a stupid Hollywood movieanother proof that world is so stupid, most great/intelligent movies go unnoticed

daniel Carbajo López

Carmen, a Spanish girl with a dark past, is going to marry Barnaby, a rich man who is a bit stupid, but loves her. At the hen party, she kisses Kit, and she feels an overwhelming passion that brings her to doubt between marrying Barnaby or going out with Kit. The acting is not bad, and the actors have great feeling between them, but the first hour is so slow, so absurd, so incoherent, that bores and annoys terribly. Surprisingly, the end, when all is explained, results quite original and quite good! The plot has some spectacular twist that make the end totally unexpected! Despite that last, most of the film is only an excuse to arrive to this end, so the film is not precisely good. The global idea is original and astonishing, but the way of taking it to pictures is not well done. If you see it, you'll bore 1 hour and you will enjoy a lot during 30 min, you choose.


Having seen most of Bernal's films, or at least everything available in the US, I've grown to like him greatly as an actor, thus explaining my motivation for renting this. The description given on the jacket, added with the blurb equating it with Memento (which was a very entertaining mind-boggle), talked me in. Call it a two-for-two deal.Reading through the commentary left by others, I'm troubled by the negativity being attached. Exactly when did it become a crime to invoke plot-twists as a story device? The last I knew, filmmakers such as Hitchcock and Preminger relied upon them incessantly. A twist in plot, if carried off well, can satisfy viewers and fire the imagination.Personally, I find the romantic drama as a genre in dire need of a wake-up call. Films such as this one, Closer, Unfaithful, Wicker Park, and very few others, are daring to attempt something original, whether it be a more frank look at relationships, a less clichéd or sexist view of infidelity, or a new take on the love triangle... and by new I mean new in both this film and Wicker Park. Rather than recycle Shakespeare, Jane Austen, or An Affair To Remember for the forty-billionth time, the director and cast broke new ground.This is not a perfect film, and really, honestly, who gets entertainment from "perfect" films? Admiration, yes. Respect, yes. Are perfect films fun though? That's an argument for a forum... I gave this an eight out of ten, with two points off for those imperfections. The three leads are solid; the story is clever and solid enough. The two points to perfection can easily be forgiven.I had fun watching this movie.

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