13 Tzameti

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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 existence and hungering for something new, Sébastien boards the outbound train and takes his first bold steps into an unknown future. But the world can be a cruel and unforgiving place filled with unfeeling men to whom human life means little more than a lost wager, and if Sébastien is to make it through his harrowing journey alive he must keep his wits about him and pray that luck is on his side.

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George Babluani
as Sebastien
Pascal Bongard
as Master of Ceremonies
Pascal Bougard
as Master Of Ceremonies
Vania Vilers
as Mr. Schloendorf
Olga Legrand
as Madame Godon
Jo Prestia
as Pierre Bléreau
Jean-François Godon
as Philippe Passon
Philippe Passon
as Jean-François
Urbain Cancelier
as Le contrôleur SNCF
Joseph Malerba
as Le comptable
François Tissot
as le gendarme Guillouet
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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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