Nothing is as it seems in Fabián Bielinsky’s fabulous Argentinian crime thriller, Nine Queens. This award-winning film, set in the world of con men and thieves in Buenos Aires, follows a couple of grifters as they go about their daily lives of making money through deception. As the story unfolds, the plot thickens and the stakes go up in a very clever way.
Superb performances from central actors Ricardo Darín and Gastón Pauls coupled with taught directing and a wonderful script containing a number of clever twists make this film a tour de force.
You can find more information on this Spanish-language movie on Wikipedia and IMDb.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:
Title: Nueve reinas
Direction: Fabián Bielinsky
Screenplay: Fabián Bielinsky
Cinematography: Marcelo Camorino
Editing: Sergio Zottola
Score: César Lerner
Stars: Gastón Pauls, Ricardo Darín, Leticia Brédice, Tomás Fonzi, Graciela Tenenbaum, María Mercedes Villagra, Gabriel Correa, Pochi Ducasse, Luis Armesto, Ernesto Arias, Amancay Espíndola, Isaac Fajm, Jorge Noya, Oscar Nuñez, Ignasi Abadal, Carlos Lanari, Alejandro Awada
Fabian Darin Gaston Cesar Bredice Tomas Maria Espindola Nunez
Another sweet film – really like the angle you’re taking here.
I remember watching ‘Criminal’ and thinking, HEY, I’VE SEEN THIS BEFORE… but only about 30 minutes in. Then the Matchstick Men… then every other con-artist film since. Definitely one of the best, and most memorable in the genre. Stamps stamps stamps!
Similar review on my blog. I think we are singing from the same song-sheet here! Pete.