7.4/10
15,103
89 user 108 critic

13 Tzameti (2005)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 8 February 2006 (France)
Sebastian, a young man, has decided to follow instructions intended for someone else, without knowing where they will take him. Something else he does not know is that Gerard Dorez, a cop ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

On Disc

at Amazon

10 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Sébastien (as Georges Babluani)
...
Jacky
...
Le maître de cérémonie
Fred Ulysse ...
Alain
Nicolas Pignon ...
Le parrain
...
Christophe Vandevelde ...
Ludo
Olga Legrand ...
Mme Godon
Augustin Legrand ...
José
Jo Prestia ...
Pierre Bléreau (as Joé Prestia)
Philippe Passon ...
Jean-François Godon
Djalalli Amouche ...
Abel
Serge Chambon ...
L'Organisateur
Melchior Aquino ...
Keller
Nouredine Ameur ...
Mr. Meyer
Edit

Storyline

Sebastian, a young man, has decided to follow instructions intended for someone else, without knowing where they will take him. Something else he does not know is that Gerard Dorez, a cop on a knife-edge, is tailing him. When he reaches his destination, Sebastian falls into a degenerate, clandestine world of mental chaos behind closed doors in which men gamble on the lives of others men. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Place your bets.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

8 February 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

13  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,805 (USA) (28 July 2006)

Gross:

$121,390 (USA) (10 November 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"Tzameti" is the Georgian word for thirteen. See more »

Goofs

A man places a bet on # 7 when in scene previous he's visible dead on the floor. See more »

Connections

Remade as 13 (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Yes, its b&w. Yes, its foreign. Yes, its low budget. Yes, its worth watching.
30 April 2008 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

First: this movie starts slow. Stick with it – no matter what! The film makers aren't wasting your time. They're taking you someplace you never would have guessed, not in a hundred years.

Second – it is a superb film. Great story well told. A low budget film that does not seem at all low budget.

Also, a good film for a student of film. A very good example a minimalist approach. The director very much lets the story tell itself. The camera is very unobtrusive. There is no artificial manipulation of the emotions by music, sound or special fx. Every thing is low key, just a little excitement by some key actors, just as it would be. Great film making? Yes; taught, tense, exciting, nerve racking.

Also, a great example of how you can still make a great film without a lot of blood, gore or sex. What?..... your thinking.... how can you do that? Watch the film and find out.

How low budget is this? One suspects it was shot in b & w more for budgetary reasons than style. However, this director demonstrates such a mastery of his craft that it may be intentional. For which ever reason, it works.

Good casting, too, even though there was a little nepotism. Even the fat guy was well cast.

Last, as another critic advised: the less you know going into this film, the better. However, I give this one piece of information: Tzameti means '13' in Georgian (as in the Caucasus's not the United States....). So, the title reads: "13….13". Even this makes sense if you note three things…..

Sit back and enjoy.... although later you'll be on the edge of your seat.


28 of 32 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?