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Spring 2014 Film Series

February 22, 2014 / 7:00 PM

Nine Queens
Directed by Fabián Bielinsky
Released: 2000

Starring -
Ricardo Darín
Gastón Pauls
Leticia Brédice

Fabian Bielinsky's "Nine Queens" is a con within a con within a con. There comes a time when we think we've gotten to the bottom, and then the floor gets pulled out again and we fall another level. Since nothing is as it seems (it doesn't even seem as it seems), watching the film is like observing a chess game in which all of the pieces are in plain view but one player has figured out a way to cheat. "David Mamet might kill for a script as good," Todd McCarthy writes in Variety. True, although Mamet might also reasonably claim to have inspired it; the set-up owes something to his "House of Games," although familiarity with that film will not help you figure out this one.


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