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13 Tzameti (2005)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 8 February 2006 (France)
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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 »

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Pascal Bongard ...
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Alain
Nicolas Pignon ...
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Christophe Vandevelde ...
Ludo
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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
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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

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

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$121,390 (USA) (10 November 2006)
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"Tzameti" is the Georgian word for thirteen. See more »

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"Formalistic art film..."
7 December 2010 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Carpenter Sébastien is hired by the mysterious house-owner Jean-Francois to fix his roof. When the house-owner suddenly dies, Sébastien finds a valuable letter that contains clear instructions.

Géla Babluani's dark debut from modern day France about a young immigrant who takes a risky choice to help his family, opens as a classic film-noir and develops after the chronologies time-frame to a tight psychological thriller about a cynical underground milieu where the unknowing protagonist realizes that the consequences of his choice has forced him into a situation that he can only get out of by conquering death. The compassion, warmth and harmony Babluani suggests of in the character introduction is alienated after the point-of-no-return, and from here on out Géla Babluani depicts a hazardous gambling community where human worth means nothing and money everything.

Promising Georgian-French director Géla Babluani was possibly inspired by 1940s American Film Noir and Robert Bresson's metaphysical dramas when he started making this formalistic art film that is associable with Juan-Carlos Fresnadillo's "Intacto" (2001). "Contestant 13" is vigorously filmed and photographed in a black-and-white color that increases the films cold realism, concentrates the plot and tones down the emotional aspects. The variations of long and short takes, the short and concise dialog and the frequent use of close ups intensifies the drama in this stylized character study, whole heartedly played by the director's debuting brother George Babluani. The misty background music and the minimal elements of humor decreases the apocalyptic mood in this tense feature film debut. This is 90 minutes in breath-taking excitement and observation of West-European art film.


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