Nine Queens

FABIAN BIELINSKY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. 

Original title:  Nueve reinas

Argentina, 2000.  FX Sound, Industrias Audiovisuales Argentinas S.A., J.Z. & Asociados, Kodak Argentina S.A., Naya Films S.A., Patagonik Film Group.  Screenplay by Fabian Bielinsky.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by . Costume Design by .  Film Editing by Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2002.  Toronto International Film Festival 2001.  

Delightful Argentinian heist movie has two short-time grifters working the streets of Bueno Aires together on the day that they meet. They team up for what seems like the perfect job: a friend drops undetectable forgeries of Weimar Republic stamps in their laps and gives them the name of a desperate buyer, one who is leaving the country too soon to be able to verify their authenticity. The buyer, a wealthy but controversial politician soon to be deported to Venezuela, is willing to pay top dollar, and their investment in the operation (aside from the forger’s small cut) is basically none. Sounds like the easiest con in the world, right? Of course, it never is, and these guys are put through the wringer trying to make their financial dreams come true. Excellent character development and a convincingly strong buildup of tension until the marvelous finale. Remade in English as Criminal in 2004, with John C. Reilly and Diego Luna.

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