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Nine Queens (Sous-titres français) [Import]

4.8 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Ricardo Darín, Gastón Pauls, Leticia Brédice, María Mercedes Villagra, Gabriel Correa
  • Directors: Fabián Bielinsky
  • Writers: Fabián Bielinsky
  • Producers: Pablo Bossi
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Oct. 1 2002
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00006G8G3
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The story follows two small-time crooks named Marcos and Juan (Ricardo Darin and Gaston Pauls, respectively). They both end up trying to pull the same scheme at the same time at a convenience store. The more experienced Marcos likes what he sees from Juan and decides that they could work together on some small jobs. One day, they get a call from Marcos's sister, Valeria (Leticia Bredice), about aonce-in-a-lifetime opportunity involving a fake set of rare stamps called the Nine Queens. If they find a buyer, they will rake in six figures. However, this scheme isn't going to come together without a few hitches.

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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I saw this movie years ago and I am so glad I found it still available at because I always wanted to see it again. One of the best foreign films I've ever seen. It's smart. Really brilliant!
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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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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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