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13 Tzameti (2005)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 67
Fresh: 56 | Rotten: 11

This starkly minimalist nail-biter of a thriller relentlessly builds up the tension and keeps the audience guessing.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 6

This starkly minimalist nail-biter of a thriller relentlessly builds up the tension and keeps the audience guessing.



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An aimless 20-year-old with a penchant for following the rules receives a mysterious set of instructions that lead him down a path from which he may never return in director Géla Babluani's tense tale of death and chance. Sébastien has come into possession of a train ticket and a mysterious set of instructions. Though he is unsure of exactly what fate awaits him when he arrives at his destination, one thing is certain: these items were most certainly not meant for him. Bored by his uneventful

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Easier to admire than it is to sit through, the French film 13 (Tzameti) is an exercise in stylish depravity that may one day be viewed as the debut of a great filmmaker.

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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A tightly screwed shocker, a suspense tour de force that proceeds through a harrowing chain of events with alarming confidence.

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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It may be smarter than Saw II or Saw III, but it's just selling a classier brand of sadistic voyeurism.

November 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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The Georgian-born French director Gela Babluani makes an absorbing debut with this black-and-white thriller.

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Gela Babluani, according to the film's sparse press kit, is only 26 years old but already knows more about suspense than some filmmakers learn in a career.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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The Babluanis are brothers to pay attention to.

September 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Meant more as perverse gimmicky entertainment than in telling anything meaningful about the human condition.

January 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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13 Tzameti does suffer from a weak and even lazy conclusion, but that doesn't stop 90 minutes that come before it. This truly is deserving of being unforgettable.

October 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Calgary Movies
Calgary Movies

I knew nothing before I saw this film, except I heard it was intense (it is) and a little violent (also true). It's also well made, disturbing, and rather hard to forget.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

an impressively noirish moral fable that, for all its bleakness, offers ample rewards to those willing to take a chance on it.

July 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Biting into the dubious apple of the new market economy.

April 22, 2007 Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio
WBAI Web Radio

At its center is an astonishing set-piece that will rivet almost any moviegoer.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

the most artsy spin on The Most Dangerous Game ever plunked down on the screen.

February 12, 2007 Full Review Source:

A gritty, high attrition-rate mindbender guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to its shocking finale.

February 9, 2007

Comes off like a punch in the stomach. A terrific, focused first-effort by the Georgian emigre Gela Babluani.

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

"13 Tzameti" has you on the edge of your seat with a story that throws unexpected punches at every corner.

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source:

A stylish and unnerving thriller that sucks you into surreal scenes of horror with the chilly confidence of a nightmare.

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Takes awhile to establish where it's going, but it's powered by a kind of sick dread.

October 26, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The earned payoff is an all-too-believable shocker.

October 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

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October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

A remarkable debut of undeniable power.

September 23, 2006

Audience Reviews for 13 Tzameti

A day labourer whose employer dies of an overdose takes his place at a clandestine meeting hoping for work, but instead finds himself a forced participant for a deadly underground gambling ring. 13 is the low budget debut from Franco-Georgian auteur Gela Babluani and has a kind of brutal intensity that has inspired comparisons with Fight Club because of its premise involving ordinary men engaged in a secret, violent organisation. This film, although displaying a kind of brutal and gut-wrenching intensity during the incredibly tense "game" sequences, it fails to explore the kind of knowing wit and social satire of David Fincher's film. The concept of the impoverished and disenfranchised being forced to participate in a game which could result in their deaths while the rich gamble only money they can afford to lose could have made a really nice analogy for the current financial climate, but the script instead settles for taking the safe route of a generic thriller making for a rather unsatisfying ending. A shame because there's a lot of potential in the idea as political allegory but it's worth seeing for the disturbing duel sequences alone.
May 23, 2013
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Started well with suspense and mystery, then went head first into shock and horror then it kind of went downhill and tried to be all film noir. Was good but bit up its own arse!
September 30, 2009

Super Reviewer

Although not graphically violent in terms of blood and gore, this film reminded me of a more serious version of 'Hostel' and perhaps a little of Johnny Depps 'The
Brave'. The black and white filming suited the darkness of the piece.

It does take a little warming up and reach the main storyline, but once the main body of the story emerges, it transports the relentless fear and adrenalin that the lead character experiences in a realistic fashion. The lack of dialogue at times heightens the suspense and fear.

An intriguing watch, unlike any kind of gambling film you've ever seen.
April 23, 2009

Super Reviewer

A wonderful idea is not capitalised on, resulting in an interesting but often lazy film. All the talent and necessary ingredients are here for a classic but it's the film's lack of depth that harms it. The main character is never explored. Sure he wants money, but his actions in pursuing the unknown are unexplained. Later he just seems to take part, before trying to escape, which leads nowhere. The other characters are left shady and for good reason, it throws us into the underground world. Unfortunately it just doesn't make the film anymore interesting. Too short with absolutely no tension does not bode well for a thriller. Perhaps a Hollywood remake could, dare I say it, improve what was a different and enjoyable film.
January 31, 2009

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    1. Sebastien: I ran until my heels broke.
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