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      Nine Queens
    Stamp act

    It's hard to guess who's outfoxing whom in "Nine Queens," a caper from Argentina involving 450,000 bucks, nine rare German stamps, a sexy temptress, a rich Venezuelan and many twists and turns.


    (Originally reviewed at the 2001 New Directors New Films festival.)

    This impressive debut film from Argentinian director Fabian Bielinsky has many engaging twists and turns as it tells the tale of two con artists. The younger of the two, Juan (Gaston Pauls) is trying to pull off a small-time bill switch in a convenience store when Marcos (Ricardo Darin) catches him and, with a toy gun in his pants, pretends to "arrest" him. Marcos encourages Juan to become partners with him and although Juan is reluctant at first, he agrees.

    Original title: Nueve Reinas.
    Written and directed by: Fabian Bielinsky.
    Cast: Ignasi Abadal, Alejandro Awada, Elsa Berenguer, Leticia Bredice, Ricardo Darin, Leo Dyzen, Ricardo Diaz Mourelle, Carlos Falcone, Tomas Fonzi, Celia Juarez, Carlos Lanari, Jorge Noya, Oscar Nunez, Gaston Pauls..
    In Spanish with English subtitles.

    Related links: Official site
    They do some low-level grifting until a phone call from Marcos' sexy sister Valeria (Leticia Bredice) leads him to his old partner, who tells him of a caper that will really bring in the big bucks. This involves selling a forgery of nine Weimar-era stamps (the "Nine Queens" of the title) to a rich Venezuelan collector who's desperate to buy them before he leaves the country the next morning. Everybody wants a cut of the deal and then there's the matter of the inheritance Marcos has swindled Valeria and their little brother out of.

    The stamps get stolen and as the swindling gets more complex you wonder who's really scamming whom here and the ending is quite a surprise.

    "Nine Queens" succeeds all around; the maze-like plot keeps the viewer guessing as to what's really going on and the tense chemistry between Juan and Marcos makes for a sly tweaking of the buddy genre. Unlike a run-of-the-mill action film where car chases and people shooting each other pass for exposition, this film is an intelligent essay on the value of dialogue. If you enjoy a good puzzle, viewing "Nine Queens" will be a treat.

    MARCH 22, 2001

    Reader comments on Nine Queens:

  • not venezuelan   from Guillermo, May 29, 2001
  • Re: not venezuelan   from Tomas, Sep 25, 2001
  • Re: not venezuelan   from Rosa, Oct 28, 2001
  • Re: not venezuelan   from Jaime, Feb 19, 2002
  • Re: not venezuelan   from Gus, Mar 22, 2002
  • "Nine Queens" is like "Memento"   from Fernando, Apr 22, 2002
  • Re: "Nine Queens" is like "Memento&   from Andy, Aug 2, 2002
  • Re: not venezuelan   from Javier, Jan 13, 2003
  • Re: not venezuelan   from Fatima, Aug 17, 2003
  • Incredible movie!   from Denise, Jul 10, 2001
  • Cool fun flick   from Jos Manuel, Jun 9, 2002
  • Great Movie   from Ahkin Mejia, Jun 21, 2002
  • Re: Great Movie   from Sam, Apr 2, 2004
  • Kept me guessing   from Rob, Jun 23, 2002
  • Does anybode..?   from Merlijn, Nov 23, 2002
  • Re: Does anybode..?   from capr, Jul 7, 2003
  • Re: Does anybode..?   from darcy, Nov 18, 2003
  • Re: Does anybode..?   from Alejandro, Feb 9, 2004
  • impression about nueve reinas   from nondas, Jul 8, 2004
  • leticia bredice is hot!!!!!   from Tim, Oct 30, 2006

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