13 Tzameti (2005)

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Avg Rating: 3.6 / 5. Voted: 24

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Directed by: Gela Babluani
Starring: George Babluani (Sebastien), Olga Legrand (Mrs. Godon), Philippe Passon (Godon), Aurelien Recoing (No. 6), Pascal Bongard (Host)
Country: France
Language: French, Georgian (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 01:33:10
Genres: Psychological Thrillers

Plot – Spoilers:
Every job counts for a Georgian-French worker Sebastien whose miserable family depends on him and his hardworking, lame, elder brother. So when he gets an offer to repair the roof of a junkie, he’s as enthusiastic about it as his troubles allow him to be.

While working on the roof, he overhears the junkie vaguely talking about a high-paying opportunity that has come his way. The junkie dies shortly after and Sebastien chances upon an envelope containing a train ticket and hotel booking that point to the mystery job. When Sebastien is curtly informed that he won’t be getting paid for his work, he assumes the junkie’s identity and decides to take his chances going for the mystery job. However, on reaching the destination, he senses danger lurking of a type beyond his wildest expectations. But by then, it’s too late to turn around.

Pure dread. If that’s what you crave, 13 Tzameti is for you.

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Elliot Spencer
Elliot Spencer
May 30, 2020 6:51 am

Thanks for the new movie, admins!

Art for the sake of art
OR
Why is every French film pretentious af?

So, I saw this film was just posted on here, my favorite site, so knowing nothing/ having read nothing about it, when I started it I was immensely worried & excited. Excited because I adore anything filmed in b&w, yet worried because it is French. I find most French movies very overrated n pretentious. For every excellent french epic, like City of Lost Children, there’s 10 overrated pieces of shit, like La Haine, as far as their ‘art’ films go.

Art for the sake of art is the most passé film style, yet the French just cannot get enough of it. Then sheeple scream their silver coin words like ‘avant-garde’ and ‘cinéma vérité’ when in actuality they don’t know what the fuck either are, and most often the film is neither anyway.

Same w this film. Horrible plot that could’ve been a 20min short film, if that, and predictable all the way thru. Horrendous acting, or lack thereof, w the only good actor being the junkie dude that overdosed. Seemed like most of the actors were reading off que cards, or hated their lives/ the film. OUR MAIN PROTAGONIST WAS ABOUT AS DEEP AS A PUDDLE OF WATER, TO THE POINT WHERE I WANTED HIM TO DIE. But w the predictable plot, u knew he wouldn’t die till the ol roulette was finished n he got merk’d by Mr vengeful brother. The only tenseness in this film is waiting for the credits to finally roll. The little music it had was garbage too.

The matches announcer screaming n overacting I found hilarious tho.

My vote is a 3/10, I should’ve surrendered half way thru, but then I’d be French;)

TKrapMusic
TKrapMusic
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
May 30, 2020 12:06 pm

@Elliott Spencer Yo bro I believe this movie and your review could’ve been shorter, Finger almost went numb scrolling down. BUT damn am I the only one who saw “13” the remake of this film co-starring 50. Surprised the Admins didn’t mention that in their Plot-Spoilers section. And that movie was good ? which is proble why an American version was much needed. It’s not in black & white but you should get much more excited.

Elliot Spencer
Elliot Spencer
Reply to  TKrapMusic
June 2, 2020 6:43 am

Lol, sorry bro, ur right my bad. Literally said to myself after posting it, shit I went on an imdb rant. Pretentious films just piss me off, and it always seems like many r french. I’ll definitely check out the 13 remake w 50¢ tho, it’s gotta have more character than this POS film at least

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
October 15, 2020 8:10 pm

“pretentious” films piss you off because you’re not willing to try to understand intention or messages behind it. Stick with Transformers movies.

Jimothy
Jimothy
Reply to  Dan
July 31, 2021 8:44 pm

Film isn’t an abstract theoretical physics research paper. The wanna-be pseudo-literati are invading a simpler form of communication because they are too dumb to participate in scientific conferences and yet smarter than the average pumpkin watching film.

Why should we have to “try” and understand a film? What is so astoundingly important and necessary that the director can position himself so as to demand from the viewer effort in order to make sense of his work? And more importantly, why shouldn’t that effort be allocated to more substantial, precise and concrete non-fictional works? [Shouldn’t an excellent director, rather, be able to simplify his understanding!?!!!!!!!!!!!!]

As to the initial comment, DO NOT LET WORKS THAT ARE PRETENTIOUS UPSET YOU. The cycle is done, and art is “dead” except for the true geniuses out there (I can’t name one off the top of my head). Most of this is entertainment and should be consumed as such: discard immediately if unpleasant.

If you absolutely want to make a difference, help clarify the modalities of communication so that those who you particularly like enough to surround yourself with can grow and better express themselves! Even better, show them more of the world and teach them what is beautiful to you so that they may be inspired!

Russ
Russ
Reply to  Jimothy
August 15, 2021 6:35 am

This film is like literature, thematically layered, with a heavy emphasis on character and human psychology. Other films are simpler in their approach. Like a pulp fiction novel. Watch what you like. Some enjoy subtle storytelling. Others want it in their face with no ambiguity. There’s room for both, and both can be good or bad. I like this version of 13 better than the American which to me was simple, wordy and uninspired. Just a matter of preference.

anglofile
anglofile
Reply to  Jimothy
September 27, 2021 1:40 am

Based. Really good comment. It’s amazing that a site dedicated to degenerate cinema has a generally polite, literate and reasonable userbase.

anglofile
anglofile
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
September 27, 2021 1:38 am

Nahhh fam, don’t apologise for posting longform comments. It’s not your fault that social media has ruined everyone’s attention spans to the point where using paragraphs makes you Tolstoy. Fuck the modern world.

Bartelboy
Bartelboy
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
August 1, 2021 2:56 am

I think there´s a different understanding here at play when it comes to the term of “pretentious”.
I bet My reply here for example should read pretty prentious for someone who just didnt liked the movie. I mean c´mon this isn´t a Godard flick or something like that…and Monsieur Godard is somewhat the inventor of directing pretentious art movies…they had to come up with a new genre for this kind of stuff so they called out the Nouvelle Vague which I guarantee you 13 TZAMETI isn´t a part of. It´s just a straight up dark crime thriller with a little bit of social commentary thrown in.
Some people may find it boring and yeah it hasn´t got the fastest pacing but i like such dirty small movies made on a nickel and a dime. But you´re right: The screamin announcing madman is great!
They should have build a spin-off for that guy! 😀
You should check out the american remake if you want to get really pissed of.
For some pretentious classics check out Jean-Luc Godard or almost every Terrence Malick since his pretentious masterpiece THE TREE OF LIFE. 😀

Heidi Attwood
Heidi Attwood
May 30, 2020 10:09 am

Good movie, but very sad. Thanks for posting.

Mr Biggles
Mr Biggles
July 7, 2020 12:03 pm

Admin Gods have delivered once again! I watched this little gem of a movie years back pre streaming days on world movies by accident and have always wanted to rewatch it. Merci

kvothe
kvothe
Reply to  Mr Biggles
April 27, 2022 10:45 pm

The first time i saw it there wasn’t a subtitled version available, so finding this now felt amaxzing!

David Taylor
David Taylor
August 1, 2020 2:05 pm

Elliot Spencer why bother. You pbviuosly know more about movies than anybody else then go on to explain why. If thats not pretentious, well bite me! Take no notice of his review. Its a very watchable, low budget movie that delivers. Trust me the U.S. remake will be shit!

Elliot Spencer
Elliot Spencer
Reply to  David Taylor
August 2, 2020 2:05 am

U said bite me, lol:) Looks like u took notice, then tell others not to. Classic. Just stating my *opinion* about a film and explaining why I felt that way with descriptive examples I don’t really think was pretentious. Anytime you’d like to actually discuss/debate a movie maturely with me, I’d be all ears. Thank u for the thoughtful comments tho, glad u enjoyed the film.

The Pablo
The Pablo
August 6, 2020 7:23 pm

Elliot Spencer, maybe you are just burned out on French films. I think this film is definitely worth the watch and I like the music that goes with it. Thanks for uploading Admin!

Fabian
Fabian
September 20, 2020 11:33 pm

This is a great film… definitely a must see if you are a fan of independent cinema and love thrillers and suspense. Indeed it’s predictable but the plot and background of the script grant enough tension throughout the film. If you’re a person who enjoy the NORTH american remakes (America is a continent …not a single country) this is not even the right website for you.

ScarletRain
ScarletRain
August 25, 2021 7:35 pm

Good movie for what the subject matter involves. Nice timepasser.

Icemantis13
Icemantis13
August 27, 2021 12:01 am

Very cool and noire! I loved the music in this! Lovely little movie.