Marathon (2002)


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Iranian expatriate Amir Naderi completes the trilogy he began with Manhattan by Numbers and A, B, C...Manhattan with this unusual drama about a woman obsessed. Gretchen (Sara Paul) is a woman living in Manhattan who is fascinated with crossword puzzles, and has issued a stern challenge to herself -- to complete over 77 newspaper crossword puzzles in 24 hours, which would beat the number she did in a similar period the previous year. Gretchen does most of her work riding subways or busses, following the square grid of the city which somehow resembles the puzzles that fascinate her, and when she is at home, she listens to recordings of the noise of the street, unable to separate the urban landscape from her compulsive behavior. Leading actress Sara Paul appeared in a different role in Naderi's earlier A, B, C...Manhattan.

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

With so little action or even insight, Marathon is far too long at only 74 minutes.

Apr 8, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4

It makes for a satisfyingly excruciating experience.

Apr 8, 2004

The real star ... is Michael Simmonds, whose manic black-and-white camerawork captures the unique vibrancy of New York City.

Apr 8, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

A portrait of a certain urbanite mind and a city whose tolerance of anonymity provides a perfect stage for compulsion, neuroses and the fulfillment of hidden needs.

Apr 2, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4
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The beauty of Mr. Naderi's filmmaking lies in his combination of acute social observation and pure, almost mathematical formalism.

Apr 1, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Marathon offers one of the most inventive reimaginings of the MTA since D.A. Pennebaker's 1953 cine-poem Daybreak Express.

Mar 30, 2004 | Full Review…
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