Contenders (2010)




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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

A baffling journey to a pointless destination, The Contenders offers a suffocating wallow in the lives of the rich and miserable.

July 16, 2010
New York Times
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Suitably for a film that lacks clear intent or direction, The Contenders just ends, mid-sentence, the point of it all frankly elusive.

Full Review… | July 13, 2010
Village Voice
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Full Review… | July 17, 2010
Sly Fox

A classic example of a director who wanted to make a film but lacked a story that demanded telling.

Full Review… | July 16, 2010

Everything in writer-director Marta Mondelli's relationship drama/whodunit The Contenders has an air of obscurantism.

Full Review… | July 11, 2010
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Contenders

"THIS A PRETENTIOUS FILM THAT TAKES ITS AUDIENCE NOWHERE" Directed by: Marta Mondelli Running time: 75 min. Rlelase date: July 16, 2010 Genre: Drama,Comedy, and Crime Thriller Distributor: The Contenders Inc. Release MPAA Rating: Not rated The premise is of a group of 20/30 somethins' who get together for a dinner birthday party for a woman (Laura Caparroti) at the home of Ken and Nora (Nick Stevenson and Anna Gutto). When the guest of honor becomes ill and dies, the visiting friends Marc (Adam Henry Garcia)an adulterous marriage with kids guy and Veronica (Marta Mondelli)a globe-trotting restless woman looking for happiness in all the wrong places decide to spend the night and rehash their memories. Nora is a spoiled and insecure woman who clings to her husband Ken by verbally abusing him whenever it fits her will. By the same token Ken enables her by letting her do so. They are childless, but the plot does not devulge who is the cause. This sounds like a stimulating plot, but that's all the film gives. Because the performances are quite dreadful. The filmmaker/writer Marta Mondelli gives her actors lengthy dialogue to compensate for a storyline that has no logical direction or continuity. The plot and character development is vague and slow, thus leaving the audience tired in waiting for substance. As the plot circles around the interactions of the four main characters deliberating over the death of their friend and their sexlife with brief flashback scenes, I can't help but to think that this film is pretentious. Film review by: Gerald Wright

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