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13 Tzameti (2005)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 8 February 2006 (France)
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A man takes over a dead man's task but doesn't realize the horror it entails.


Géla Babluani


Géla Babluani
10 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Official Sites:

Revolver Entertainment [UK]




French | Georgian | German

Release Date:

8 February 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

13 See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,805, 30 July 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$121,390, 12 November 2006
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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When Sebastien returns to the home to see about the work and about getting paid, and Mrs. Godon informs him that the house is the responsibility of Jean Francois's sister, the shadow of a boom can be seen on the wall. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version shown on the Sundance Channel is letter-boxed and 90 minutes long. See more »


Referenced in Luck (2009) See more »

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User Reviews

Yes, its b&w. Yes, its foreign. Yes, its low budget. Yes, its worth watching.
30 April 2008 | by greenforest56See 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.

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