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The Contestant (2007)

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A black comedy chronicling the fate of the biggest gameshow prize in history.

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Chete Lera ...
Edmundo
Miryam Gallego ...
Laura
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Eloy
Myriam De Maeztu ...
Santillana
Luis Zahera ...
Pizarro
Óscar Rodríguez ...
Vendedor en el hangar
Juan Jesús Valverde ...
El Encargado
Amaia Lizarralde ...
Ejecutiva de TV
Luisa Martínez ...
Secretaria de Pizarro (as Luisa Martínez Pazos)
Juli Cantó ...
Empleado del banco
Javier Jurdao ...
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Tomás del Estal ...
Hombre de gris 2
Carlos Manuel Díaz ...
Superior en el banco
Charo Zapardiel ...
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"The Contestant" recounts the roller coaster ride of Martin Circo, the lucky winner of the most lucrative game-show prize in television history to the tune of 3 Million Euros. In this biting satire on consumer society, Martin's stroke of luck sees his life turned upside down. Sometimes, one piece of good luck can ruin your life. Written by Anonimo

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Circus Honey Blues
Written by Víctor Reyes and Rodrigo Cortés
Performed by Andy Philips
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Great surprise!!
21 November 2007 | by (Cuenca) – See all my reviews

Excellent film! I couldn't see it on theaters (my town is not exactly a cultural prodigy), so I've discovered it hiring a DVD, feeling curiosity because of the extraordinary critics of the cover. I didn't even know this film existed! I still don't believe this movie is Spanish, it's difficult to believe that we have a director who can shoot this way. I also find the film brave, smart and even didactic in the best sense of the word, I've learned things that almost make my head explode. I'm still impressed for this lesson of real cinema, editing and performances. The structure and construction of this intelligent script deserves 10 points (my English does not deserve more that 4).


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