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

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Sebastien (George Babluani) is a Georgian emigrant in France who takes a roofing job to earn some money. After his employer dies before paying him, he pilfers a train ticket and a letter which he thinks may lead him to some quick cash. Instead, Sebastien becomes the latest player of a deadly game in which gamblers bet on the outcomes of Russian roulette matches.

Cast & Crew

Pascal Bongard
Master of Ceremonies
Vania Vilers
Mr. Schlondorff
Olga Legrand
Mme. Godon
Jo Prestia
Pierre Bléreau
Gela Babluani
Director
Gela Babluani
Writer
Gela Babluani
Producer
Tariel Meliava
Cinematographer
Bernard Péault
Production Design
Noemie Moreau
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Critic Reviews for 13 Tzameti

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  • Dec 02, 2012
    There's is no free lunch in this world, an immigrant learns the harsh truth by participating in a deadly game of Russian Roulette. Chilling and suspenseful, 13 Tzameti is a thriller that challenges your psyche to the very limit. I liked the unique style and the lighting but the acting was just pathetic. Some parts really did bore me too, it could have been trimmed down.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2011
    Could have been a masterpiece if the actors could ooze a bit more emotion. The script is good with a number of surprising twists, but it is the direction that helps tighten the tension and deliver a great thriller.
    Nicolas K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2009
    A very impressive debut film by a young french filmmaker. What starts out initially as a seemingly simple tale soon turns into a twisted thriller. The amount of tension this film builds is incredible. You'll be hooked. The black and white filming fits perfectly. It gives the film a different edge that I don't think would have been the same had it been filmed in color. The directing and acting are great. The casting is perfect as well, in my opinion. At times, I got the feeling that I'm watching real people and not actors. Great soundtrack which doesn't convolute every scene as silence plays a big role in the movie, building the tension. No clichés or other silliness. This film is highly recommended!
    John M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2009
    a great little french movie soon to be remade by hollywood! see this first!!
    AndY B Super Reviewer

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