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13 Tzameti (2005)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 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.

Director:

Géla Babluani

Writer:

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

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Cast

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
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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

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Official Sites:

Revolver Entertainment [UK]

Country:

France

Language:

French | Georgian | German

Release Date:

8 February 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

13 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,805, 30 July 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$121,390, 12 November 2006
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

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

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

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Remade as 13 (2010) See more »

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A thrilling absurd tale of extreme human behavior
3 April 2006 | by raseczSee all my reviews

There is little one can say about the story without giving away its core absurdity. The first half is a mystery. In the second we are thrown into a violent hell. (For the sensitive: the gore is minimal and mostly off camera.) The film reintroduces us to the fact that the repetitiveness of violence deadens our revulsion to it. Here it applies to the main character in the film and to us as audience. It is disturbing how quickly we get used to each eruption of violence and come to see it as a game. This habituation is what soldiers in war, butchers, and grandma slicing the chicken's neck to get it ready for dinner go through. Death as means to an end. Ultimately an allegory of the predatory nature of power and money.

Filmed in B/W. Blood is dark gray which helps tame our revulsion. The director's brother plays the main role. He does a competent job. Filmed in wide format. Superb editing maintains the tension from beginning to end. As I understand it, "Tzameti" means thirteen. See the film to understand why the film is so named.


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