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Nine Queens (Sous-titres français)

Ricardo Darín , Gastón Pauls , Fabián Bielinsky    DVD
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Nine Queens joins a line of sly thrillers about master-pupil con artists and games within games within games that includes The Sting, House of Games, and Heist. In the first five minutes, we watch an overt scam--a young Argentinian named Juan (Gastón Pauls) running the two-10s-for-a-5 hornswoggle on a convenience store clerk--then find that we have been tricked along with the bystanders as another brand of deception kicks in. And so it goes as Juan, with both trepidation and excitement, drifts into partnership for a day with an older, more cosmopolitan conman, Marcos (Ricardo Darín). Knocking around Buenos Aires--from gritty downtown to cozy neighborhood side streets to a swank hotel where wealth murmurs behind every door--these damnably resourceful scoundrels try not to miss a bet, including an epic swindle involving the titular "Nine Queens," a set of ultrarare stamps. Writer-director Fabián Bielinsky keeps a taut rein on everything, including his own cleverness. The end result is an entertainment as bracingly disciplined as it is ingenious. --Richard T. Jameson

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nueve Reinas Dec 22 2003
Format:DVD
Nine Queens is a heist flick, and as such is quite predictable in its unpredictability. After the first few minutes of the movie, you know something's not quite as it seems, that there's a part of the con that you're just not seeing, but that you know is there...and that's part of what's great about this movie.
Set in Buenos Aires, this is the story of two con artists, Marcos, played by Ricardo Darin (Son of the bride) and Juan, played by Gastón Pauls (Nuts for Love), who decide, reluctantly, that they should work together in order to have a big hit, namely, the sale of a fake stamp collection, The Nine Queens. The acting, while not extraordinary, is successful in presenting these two criminals as they perform a variety of cons. The real gem here is the writing; witty dialogues and smart cons fill this film, more precisely when things start to go wrong at every turn for Juan and Marcos and they have to improvise for the con to work. The movie also stars Leticia Bredice as Marcos' unapproving sister.
If you're a fan of the genre, you may be able to discover the twist before the end of the movie, but still, it's a fun ride, and it's refreshingly different from other heist films (i.e. Ocean's eleven, Confidence, et al) as it presents a livelier, fresher Southamerican spirit.
As a foot note, this movie was remade in english by Steven Soderbergh's and George Clooney's production company, Section 8, which coincidentally also made Ocean's eleven and Ocean's twelve, two similarly themed films. The U.S. version stars John C. Reilly (Chicago, Boogie nights) and Diego Luna (Y tu mamá también, Havana nights).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great film from Latin America Nov. 30 2003
Format:DVD
Despite its title, this Argentinean drama is not about a gay softball team, not that there's anything wrong with that but if that is what you are looking for then you'd be better served watching "The Broken Hearts Club". The title here refers to a series of very valuable items (I won't reveal what even though it's not a big revelation, but I've gotten so tired of reviewers telling just a little too much) and the film is about (among other things) two con men's attempt to sell fake versions of them to a high-profile collector.
Though writer/director Fabián Bielinsky (who beat approx. 350 other applicants in a screenwriting contest in his native Argentina a la HBO's "Project Greenlight", but with much better results as evidenced by this film) borrows (or pays homage depending on your perspective) heavily from David Mamet's "House of Games" (which is one of my favorite titles in this genre) "Nine Queens" earns its place on the table by bringing it's own a very low key flavor and an incredible eye for supporting characters.
This release is unlike the recent onslaught of wonderful films coming from Latin America (especially Mexico and Argentina) and Spain in that it is made by a first time director and is not as visually stunning as say "Amores Perros", "Burnt Money", or the spectacular "Sex and Lucia", but that should not be a deterrent to watching this film as it's low key direction and nondescript setting make it stand out in it's own way. At times the stakes don't seem as high as they should, or there is no fun camera work, but that makes the process all the more subtle, and, without giving anything away, I was totally surprised (in the best of ways) by the last ten minutes of this movie.
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yeah, you can write a script about con artists with as many twists as you like if you could twisted logically and reasonablely. the nine queens is such a movie that twisted beautifully when sitting and watching it plays itself out. but once you try to flash back the whole story, there are still lot of inexplanable holes that might spoil your first good impression of the film. yeah, try to think about who's bringing whom to the hotel to meet the supposed targeted con artists and how it could be arranged such encountering. should top notched con artists know each other or at least know who's in the market doing certain sting? a phony sister working in the hotel and help the other con to rip off her phony brother for 200gs? and how this scam is arranged and turned out to be the opposite? how? or you might explain it to yourself that the phony sister actually does not work in the hotel, then why other hotel workers would know her and let her walking around like a real employee? how could the con ring know that the issuing check bank would bankrupt right after the check payment and would make the check as a piece of useless toilet paper? does it mean that the bank itself is also involved or the mob outside of the bank also involved? how could the cons control such perfect timing with such such huge issue? furthermore, you think a smart con artist would accept a check? well, he might accept money order, cashier's check, travelers check, but definitely not a bank check that is so easy to be bounced. and how a street con artist doing daily small ripoffs would own 200gs? and if he's such a small timer already owns 200gs, he would definitely have retired. the whole arrangement of this story once retrospect carefully, those totally impossible twists would become more and more unacceptable. but if the sister does not show up in the final scene and become juan's lover, all might be overlooked and accepted tolerablely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I saw this movie years ago and I am so glad I found it still available at Amazon.ca because I always wanted to see it again. One of the best foreign films I've ever seen. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ms. George
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies I ever watched
The movie keeps you guessing to the end. It is not one of those predictable one-dimensional Hollywood flicks.

Not one dull minute. Thumbs up!
Published on May 8 2011 by citizen1951
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart Film That Keeps You Guessing
I admit that I'm a sucker for con movies. The idea of the clever heist intrigues me. What this film has, that many others don't, is the appropriate characterization to understand... Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by Jacob Reidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than all the hype
I am always hesitant to see a movie after it receives so many rave reviews, becuase it is often dificult for such movies to meet my expectations. Read more
Published on March 26 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking
WOW!!! Great Movie. Gotta see it, gotta have it. A never guessing ending. Lovely actuation.In fact. EXCELLENT!!!
Published on Feb. 26 2004 by Karen Mena Cabrera
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie - close to the bone
I lived in Argentina for nearly four years, mostly in Buenos Aires, the capital city and location of this plot. It is well crafted, well interpreted and well produced. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004 by Gary Heller
2.0 out of 5 stars con artist caper
Sub-par con artist flick, two con men attempt to pull off the impossible---selling a valuable stamp set to a wealthy financier. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's conning who?
An outstanding movie about a couple of Argentinean cons who are out to swindle everyone they encounter. Read more
Published on July 18 2003 by Enrique Torres
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully played con game
With more than a nod at The Sting, and David Mamet's House of Games, Nine Queens joins a select list of films about con artists. Read more
Published on May 12 2003 by Kevin Brianton
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie will leave you guessing til the end!!!
Once this movie started,I couldn't stop watching it.It's a very entertaining movie from the get-go.One of the best con-movies I've ever seen. Read more
Published on May 7 2003 by toeknee
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