Monday, October 6, 2008



Leonardo Sbaraglia, Chete Lera, Miryam Gallego, Fernando Cayo

Pelikula: Spanish Film Festival
Cinema 1, Greenbelt 3

Martin Circo Martin is filthy rich. He just won the top prize in the most lucrative game show on TV. 3 million Euros worth of prizes NOT cash!

But he is miserable.

His life has been jolted into a chaotic mess. Because you see now he has to find the funds to pay for the tons of extra expenses. For instance, the insurance for the two cars, the yacht as well as the mansion which are among the numerous prizes he won. As if he isn't stressed enough, he decides to take out a loan based on the ill advice of a unscrupulous lawyer to pay for the said incurred expenses.

This film flows by through the narration of Martin who recounts his fateful stroke of (bad) luck. It tackles the issue of consumerism as well as the inner trappings of greedy financial institutions. Basically it felt like a long and winded lecture on economics presented in a non linear manner. It is mostly a hodge podge of fast paced scenes which fuels the already chaotic storyline. It is peppered with a bunch of colorful characters who combine to provide dry humor, angst and dramatic sequences guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. It all builds up to a climatic and explosive ending.

Given the current economic meltdown plaguing the world today, El Concursante is an appropriately themed 'educational' film about the consuming pitfalls of maintaining a lifestyle where material wealth takes precedence over anything else.

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