Writer-director Eric England's "Contracted" can best be described as "Contagion" meets "Blue Is the Warmest Color," without all those explicit sex scenes.
After falling out with her girlfriend, the distraught Samantha (Najarra Townsend of "Me and You and Everyone We Know") spirals into self-destruction, albeit somewhat unintentionally. She goes to a party and very hesitantly gets wasted. Much like the heroine in that NC-17-rated French lesbian sex spectacle, Samantha switches teams and takes up with a stranger to alleviate her domestic ennui.
Unfortunately for Samantha, the consequence of her infidelity turns out to be much graver than the soap-opera fodder you might see on "The L Word": What she initially dismisses as a mere sexually transmitted disease gradually causes her hair, teeth and nails to fall out.
The production notes do "Contracted" a huge disservice by disclosing Samantha's diagnosis. The film works precisely because her illness remains a mystery until the final scene.