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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
Contestant is a sleek independent Spanish film-noir comedy with an intriguing and original plot that will keep you at the edge of your seat.
It tells the story of a couple of yuppies, Martin and Laura, who become multimillionaires after Martin -played by Leonardo Sbaraglia- wins a 30 million Euros in a TV show. The prize, however, becomes a curse.
The film is clever, thought provoking, very dynamic, and, above all, pure entertainment. It has brilliant dialogs; truly fantastic are those devoted to economics, which are explained in such a creative simple way that the lay person can easily understand. The film has a great tempo and frantic action. However, the film contains a satire of consumerism and capitalist society and its mechanisms to entrap the individual, but presented lightly.
Although all the actors are correct in their respective roles, Sbaraglia really shines, and he's impeccable in his his performance; the noir genre really suits his acting. Also great is Chete Lera as the old subversive retired professor Edmundo.
The direction is great, especially if you take into account that his was Rodrigo Cortes's first long-footage movie.
This is one of my favorite Spanish movies of the 2000s. A must see. Truly entertaining and intriguing.
Rodrigo Cortes is one of the best young talents in Spanish cinema and you are going to hear a lot from him from now on.
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