Thursday, January 08, 2009


I just wanted a freakishly cool French film noir, one in which I can imagine Hollywood remaking for an American audience. Reserved in its pace, dishearteningly quiet in its sound track, 13 TZAMETI is the story of a 22-year-old construction worker who accidentally gets thrown into the horrific gambling games of bored old men. Russian Roulette has nothing on this film.

Oh yes, it is subtitled and black and white, although it is not old and the DVD may have offered a dub. I didn't check. Not grotesque or blood-infused like so many Hollywood flicks, 13 TZAMETI is about the characters and the story. although it is plenty thrilling and hard boiled. You can read about it on wikipedia, but I would wait and read it after you've watched the DVD. Classic storytelling and psychological drama at its best.

Dang good rent from Netflix.

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