"Nine Queens is no ordinary thriller. First time director Fabián Bielinsky blends suspense and an elaborate yet engaging plot to create this outstanding film. We are introduced to two cons, the younger Juan and the more experienced Marcos, who form an uneasy alliance based on the very thing that con men require from their marks - trust. They are united by their methods yet not in purpose, and this contrast runs throughout the film. We visit rough downtown Buenos Aires, smoothly interchanging with a classy hotel in the affluent business district, meeting convincing characters who we are nonetheless drawn to distrust.
Marcos and Juan become involved in a fascinating game, moving up in scale from small jobs for equally small rewards to the enticing prospect of a large payoff through the acquisition of the Nine Queens from a corrupt businessman. This set of rare stamps gives the film its name and form, as we join these two men on their exhilarating journey, sharing their doubts and their aspirations.
This compelling film will keep you guessing, and should not be missed." - Jo Barnard
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