Marathon | Chicago Reader

Marathon

A young woman (Sara Paul) continuously rides the subway lines of New York, obsessively working crossword puzzles while her mother leaves increasingly agitated messages on her answering machine; eventually it's revealed that the young woman is participating in some sort of marathon. This silly, contrived video—written, edited, directed, and produced by Amir Naderi—plays like a student work. There's almost no dialogue, so information is imparted by the mother's messages, each more annoying than the last. (We learn that the mother is also a competitive crossworder, but this bond between them is never explored.) To make this story dramatically interesting something important would have to be at stake, but it's never made clear who the young woman is competing against or even if this is a formal competition; even when it becomes unclear whether she'll reach her goal in time, the drama is flat. 74 min.

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