Nine Queens

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When two small-time thieves enter a risky, high-stakes con game together...Neither the players, nor the audience, knows for sure who is playing whom in this taught psychological thriller that will keep you guessing till the very last second.


Studio Sony
SKU 40172634
UPC 043396079014
UPC 14 00043396079014
Format DVD
Release Date 10/2/2012
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Editors Note
Note Fabian Bielinsky's directorial debut is an electrifying crime thriller that deserves to join the ranks as a classic of the genre--along with David Mamet's HOUSE OF GAMES and Bryan Singer's THE USUAL SUSPECTS. Set in a Buenos Aires that is on the verge of economic collapse, the film tells the story of Juan (Gaston Pauls), a con artist with a conscience. Trying to round up enough money to pay off his incarcerated father's debts, Juan stumbles into fellow swindler Marcos (Ricardo Darin), a far more confident, experienced criminal. When Marcos offers Juan the chance to team up for the day, his initial apprehension succumbs to the pressure of helping his father, and he agrees to the partnership. After a few minor cons, the pair unknowingly stumbles into a potentially lucrative score involving a wealthy businessman, Gandolfo, and a forged set of rare stamps, The Nine Queens. As new characters are introduced and the plot becomes more convoluted, it becomes unclear--to the audience, as well as Juan and Marcos--just who is conning whom. Bielinsky's debut feature is a magnetic, ingenious puzzle that features flawless performances by Darin and Pauls, in addition to the stellar supporting cast.
Rolling Stone "...Ricardo Darin gives a seductively low-key performance....NINE QUEENS leaves you feeling tense and terrific..." 04/25/2002 p.84
New York Times "...The movie combines Hitchcock's winking tongue-in-cheek vision of a paranoid universe where everyone may be part of an elaborate conspiracy with Mr. Mamet's obsession with the finer points of gamesmanship and con artistry..." 04/19/2002 p.E25
Los Angeles Times "...A deliciously funny and fiendishly clever con-man comedy that begins on a note of ingenuity that it then sustains with the tension of a high-wire act..." 04/19/2002 p.C14
Total Film "...It's propulsive enough to take you for a ride, but with a political undercut to give it ballast..." 08/01/2002 p.101
Sight and Sound "...Ingenious....Bielinsky delights in pulling the carpet from under the audience's feet..." 08/01/2002 p.46
Chicago Sun-Times "...As one layer after another reveals a different reality beneath, we watch in bemused admiration..." 06/02/2002 p.6
Entertainment Weekly "...Splendid....NINE QUEENS is a caper movie with an implicit, despairing vision of Argentina, yet its ambience of authority works on pure edge-of-the-moment dramatic terms as well..." 04/26/2002 p.119
Wall Street Journal "[A]n entertaining Spanish-language debut feature by Fabian Bielinsky....[With] a Mamet-like house of mirrors..." 04/16/2010
Fabian Bielinsky
Ricardo Darin
Gaston Pauls
Cast & Crew
Ricardo Darin - Actor
Tomas Fonzi - Actor
Gaston Pauls - Actor
Leticia Bredice - Actor
Marcelo Camorino - Cinematographer
Fabian Bielinsky - Director
Cesar Lerner - Original Music
Fabian Bielinsky - Writer
Technical Info
Catalog ID 07901
UPC 00043396079014
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 115 minutes
Original Language Spanish
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks Spanish
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource San Francisco Examiner
Review With all the sly efficiency of a three-card monte dealer, Nine Queens proceeds at brisk clip through the intricacies of the master con, craftily forging a chain of plots and counterplots, role-playing and role-reversal, as the mismatched partners set their perfect plan into motion, and desperately improvise whenever something seemingly unforeseen goes wrong.
Reviewer Joe Leydon
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Darin,Ricardo
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times ...deliciously funny and fiendishly clever con-man comedy...
Edward Guthmann, The San Francisco Chronicle ... Fast-paced and unerringly surprising

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