By Don Simpson | July 8, 2015
Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet
Writers: Carlos Marques-Marcet, Clara Roquet, Natalia Tena (Additional Dialogue), David Verdaguer (Additional Dialogue)
Starring: Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer
Carlos Marques-Marcet’s 10,000 Km begins in medias res as Alex (Natalia Tena) and Sergi (David Verdaguer) enjoy the close proximity of each other’s bodies. This is mere moments before Alex receives an email that leads to the separation of the two lovers by the titular 10,000 kilometers. Alex has been awarded a one-year photography residency in Los Angeles — something she has never been offered in their homeland of Spain.
This new career path will obviously postpone Alex’s plans to have a baby with Sergi, it also means putting their relationship on hold for a year. This decision might be interpreted as Alex placing her career ahead of Sergi, but they both understand that as long as their relationship can survive the long distance, this opportunity will most likely benefit Alex in the long run. Besides, if they are truly in love, they should be able to endure a year of communicating via video chats on their laptops, supplemented by text messages and emails.
10,000 Km intimately observes the struggles of Alex and Sergi’s relationship as a direct result of their lack of physical intimacy. Jealousy, guilt, and frustration drive wedges between them; technology clearly cannot replace the intimacy that Alex and Sergi enjoyed during the opening scene. Marques-Marcet bravely limits the scope of the film to these two characters, thus accentuating their sense of isolation.
While 10,000 Km is by no means an enjoyable experience, the amazing naturalism of Natalia Tena and David Verdaguer’s performances transform Marques-Marcet’s film into an intriguing experience. Coming from someone who has tried (and failed) to maintain long-distance relationships in the past, 10,000 Km very accurately captures the painful agony of being separated from your lover. It always seems like a good idea until you try it.