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13 Tzameti

A movie directed by Géla Babluani

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This movie exercise tension......and it hurts.

  • Apr 27, 2007
"13" is a wonderfully economical thriller, clocking in at a friendly 95 minutes, which starts off slow and gentle, then gradually ricochet its tension towards the end. The main character Sébastien (played by the director's brother George Babluani) is a typical hard working roofer struggling to put food on the table for his family, so when he overhears conversations of easy Euro while toiling on his employer's roof his curiosity is naturally stirred. But before he knows what is happening he finds himself stuck in the middle of the French countryside, face to face with a ring of clandestine gamblers who bet on human lives for fun. Unable to back out, Sebastian then embarks on the ultimate game of chance, as he is forced into a 13 man Russian Roulette playoff where only one will survive. Each round has less men, more bullets and higher stakes. Sébastien's urgent need to escape rises along with the chances of his demise as he is forced to participate in stripping away more competition.

"13 Tzameti" is filmed on black and white stock which at first glance could be dismissed as an attempt to make an art house feature. However, the black and white presentation instead works to lessen the violence with grey blood and thus draws us to focus on the characters and the game from their perspective, where killing becomes a means to an end (and a way to make some money). Each character's convincing performance makes the events more real and while the bodies are cleared, you are left to reflect on the question of whether you can take another man's life or have yours taken.

Whether or not these games are real, the inhumanity of the protagonists, and the awfulness of the situation that Sebastian finds himself in are totally believable. Babluani's brilliant direction lays groundwork for the story itself to build the tension naturally rather than prompting viewers by artificial means such as soundtrack (which is all too common to see in film). Instead, the subtle score advances the film without interfering and completes "13 Tzameti" as a uniquely chilling thriller amongst the standard fare in mainstream cinema. Such a strong début from Géla Babluani can only indicate the beginning of many more features from this young director, and with threats of a Hollywood remake make sure you see the original.

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October 17, 2010
agreed. nice one, milady.
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review by . October 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
This is the quote from the Netflix sleeve for the film 13 Tzameti: “Sébastien uncharacteristically throws caution to the wind when he decides to follow a set of instructions intended for someone else, leading him to a nightmarish destination from which he may never return.” It starts slowly, but then becomes one of the most intense films I have ever seen. If you are at all curious, then close this review and only come back and rate my opinion after you have seen the film.   …
review by . December 14, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Intense, Eerie and Smart Existential French Thriller!
   13 TZAMETI is a French film written and directed by Gela Babluani, which won numerous awards in the Sundance and Venice film festivals. “Tzameti” is the Georgian word that means the number “13”. Shot in its entirety in Black and White, the film takes "Russian Roulette" to the extreme and takes an uncompromising look at existentialism and cold human emotion. It is also wicked in its views on its metaphor for the global economy.       …
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Cast: Vania Vilers, Marie Thomas, Christophe Vandevelde, George Babluani, Augustin Legrand, Aurélien Recoing, Philippe Passon, Pascal Bongard, Fred Ulysse, Pascal Bougard, Nicolas Pignon, Jo Prestia, Jean-François Godon, Djalalli Amouche, Melchior Aquino, Nouredine Ameur, Makharadze Avtandil, Hervé Babadi, Liana Babluani, Likouna Babluani, Temur Babluani, Laurent Bariteau, Robert Beaupre, Philippe Beautier, Allan Benkaci, Claude Billois, Gilles Bongibault, Karim Bouguerra, Jean Borodine, Bernard Bouillon, Cédric Bouvier, Urbain Cancelier, Matéo Capelli, Alexandre Cardinalli, M. Chapion, Didier Champion, Didier Constant, Jean-Pierre Cormarie, Simon Cohen, Jean-Pierre Cottin, Christelle Coulée, Stéphane De Fraia, Benoît De La Porte, Bruno Daveze, Gérard Desestre, Jean-Michel Delaloche, Cédric Deprez, Benoît Deseze, Abed Djerrar, Louis Donval, Jean-Paul Dostone, Emmanuel Du Couldray, Irène Joseph Edouard, Fred Epaux, Daniel Faure, Serge Feuillard, Cyprien Fiasse, Laurent Ficher, Eric Fouchet, Marc-Antoine Frédéric, Christian Gaïtch, Olivier Galliano, Jacques Gallo, Patrice Garelli, Roland Gervet, Alain Girardot, Philippe Gluck, André Huet, Mohamed Houssain Ali, Franck Houis, Mohammed Ikrou, Daniel Isoppo, Pascal Ivancic, Franck Jean Elie, Claude Johann, Pierre Johann, Amaud Kakpeyen, Samba Kante, Philippe Kieffer, Jacques Lafolye, Nadir Lalouni, Daniel Lefort, François Legrand, Jean-Baptiste Legrand, Jean-Paul Lopez, Christelle Louessard, Joseph Malerba, Gaston Marcantoni, M. Marel, Jacqueline Martin, Bruno Mary, Mohammed Mazari, Patrick Michaëlis, Christian Nedjel, Didier Nobletz, Pascal Oumaklouf, Raphael Palma, Jérôme Paquette, Franck Pejoux, Jacques Petit, Patrick Pierron, Jean-Pierre Pivolot, Olivier Rabourdin, Hugo Pothirath, François Rimbau, Laurence Roque, Bouges Stéphane Rouqet, Jacques-Maurice Rousseau, Yann Schmidt, Eric Sebaki, Marc Sevestre, Philippe Smail, Jean-Luc Solal, Vasken Solakian, Grégory Songelin, Philippe Sorgel, Vincent Stupart, Jean-Pierre Surmonne, Christophe Tanchaud, François Tissot, M. Tipret, M. Triperet, M. Visse, Paul Van Den Houten, Philippe Villiers, Jérôme Wiggins
Director: Géla Babluani
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: July 28, 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Géla Babluani
Runtime: 1hr 33min
Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
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