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Directed by Matthew Parkhill
Produced by George Duffield
Meg Thomson
Written by Matthew Parkhill
Starring Gael García Bernal
Natalia Verbeke
James D'Arcy
Tom Hardy
Charlie Cox
Music by Javier Navarrete
Cinematography Affonso Beato
Editing by Jon Harris
Studio Alquimia Cinema
Arcane Pictures
Summit Entertainment
Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Release date(s) Sundance Film Festival
January 18, 2003 (2003-01-18)
Spain
02003-10-31 October 31, 2003
United States
02005-03-11 March 11, 2005
Running time 92 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Spain
United States
Language English
Gross revenue $306,224

dot the i is a 2003 psychological thriller starring Gael García Bernal, Natalia Verbeke, and James D'Arcy. It was written and directed by Matthew Parkhill.

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Plot

Carmen, a young Spanish woman who is engaged to be married has her Hen's Night at a local French restaurant. She is invited to participate in a traditional ceremony in which she is allowed to kiss a stranger of her choice before her marriage - symbolizing "kissing her single life goodbye" and bringing luck to the future. The person she chooses is Kit and both enjoy the kiss far more than they had intended. They fall in love, which creates a "love triangle" between Carmen, her fiance Barnaby and Kit.

What initially appears to be a typical urban love story, soon begins to unravel as many unpredictable and dark twists occur. By the end of the film, it becomes apparent that the whole plot was Barnaby's attempt at creating an artistic Snuff film. Unbeknown to Carmen, she had been cast as the lead female character in this love triangle. Barnaby had hired Kit as part of the deception, yet he had also misled him as he had not mentioned that he would take on the role of the fiance of Carmen (Kit had believed both fiance and fiancee would not know about the film). It is clear that Barnaby is relentless as he actually marries Carmen for the sake of the film and later he fakes his own suicide (apparently killing himself because Carmen will never love him like she does Kit) and sends the video tape to his wife. In a state of shock, she returns to Kit, who is also horrified and guilty. He admits to Carmen that he had been paid to seduce her by a man creating a film, but regretted it immensely.

Suddenly Barnaby enters to give Kit his final pay. He comes clean to both the broken Carmen and Kit and then laughs bitterly at the two before leaving.

Several months later, Barnaby's film has become a success. Barnaby claims that, after seeing the results of his work, both Kit and Carmen forgave him for using them. It appears as if Carmen got back together with Barnaby when the film was finished.

What Barnaby did not count on in his plan was that Kit and Carmen would actually fall in love and neither would forgive Barnaby for his actions. Together, they devise their own plan to punish the manipulative Barnaby.

Cast

  • Gael García Bernal as Kit Winter - a Brazilian actor living in London, England
  • Natalia Verbeke as Carmen Colazzo - a Spaniard who is engaged to Barnaby, but is attracted to Kit
  • James D'Arcy as Barnaby F. Caspian - an English film director

Reception

Most American critics did not appreciate the bait and switch approach the film took calling its twist ending "implausible" and "gimmicky."[1] Even Roger Ebert, who was one of the few admirers of Dot the i, said of it "we walk out of the theater with perplexing questions about motives, means, access and techniques."[2] The film got an extremely limited release and only grossed about $300,000 in the United States.[3]

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