Nine Queens

Two con artists, Juan (Pauls) and Marcos (Darín), try to hawk a sheet of stamps to a millionaire staying in a ritzy hotel. While Juan is appropriately shifty, a real worm, a crook, Marcos–younger, fresh-faced–is just a neophyte, still wrestling with his conscience. Juan’s sister, who detests him and his lying, insidious ways, works at the very hotel where the transaction is going to take place. The conmen have a hell of a time trying to seal the deal and, at one point, get their stamps snatched by another pair of crooks on Buenos Aires’ streets. Lovely acting by the small ensemble, Bielinsky’s sharp yet breezy direction make Nine Queens a terrific showcase of filmmaking, writing and acting talent. As Stephen Holden in the New York Times put it, it’s a truly “seductive” film — especially in its closing act when the story peels back the final and most crucial layer of its great con game and lets us in on who it’s been really played on. A delightful, charming, confidently made confidence flick.

Grade: A-

Directed by: Fabián Bielinsky
Written by: Fabián Bielinsky
Cast: Gastón Pauls, Ricardo Darín, Leticia Brédice, Tomás Fonzi

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