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If you're looking at this page, it's probably going to be hard not to discover some of the key elements of this film's plot. Too bad. I think the experience of watching it would be enhanced if you were able to see it with the same lack of knowledge the main character has about the situation he plunges into. I'd recommend you stop reading now, get the film and watch it before reading anything else. A word of caution though: the violence in the film is particularly disturbing because of its context.
If you want to know more, here are some details without giving away too much. The story involves a 22 year old manual labourer (superbly played by an actor who I'm guessing is related to the director since they share the same surname) who is struggling to help his family make ends meet when he finds an envelope containing a train ticket along with some information that's possibly connected to a large sum of money. The envelope belonged to the man whose house he was repairing and who died before paying our protaganist for his work. The young man decides to pretend he's the dead man and unwittingly descends into a nightmarish world - a world which shows the absurdity of the human condition as well as serving as a metaphor for how the poor and desperate can be dehumanized by the rich and powerful.
This is a great film and I strongly recommend it.
I'm not going to go into detail in terms of the plot, as the film is much more effective if you the viewer descend alongside the main character into the depths of civilized depravity. It starts innocently enough, with young Sebastien (George Babluani) doing some repair work on a certain gentleman's roof. While he is working, he overhears this man talking about a letter he is expecting, a letter detailing an opportunity to make a great deal of money. Fate would seemingly have it that this letter would fall into the hands of Sebastien, and he makes the decision to pursue its mysterious promise himself, despite the fact he has no clue what it relates to. (As an immigrant, struggling to take care of his family, he decides to take the risk.) All he finds in the envelope is a train ticket and a hotel ticket, but these start him on a journey filled with cryptic clues, clandestine movements, and deepening mystery. At the end of that journey, when he finally realizes just what he has gotten himself in to, he has no choice but to play everything out.Read more ›
After reading the film's curious story, some might remember Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's "Intacto," but actually "Tzameti", shot in black and white and with the minimum amount of dialogues, reminded me of the classic European films like Roman Polanski and Louis Malle. "Tzameti" slowly builds up the tension with carefully shot scenes and taut editing, and its pure tension reaches the highest when it finally introduces the `game' that is done with ritualistic accuracy. The cold, matter-of-factness of the game makes a great contrast with the haggard faces of Sébastien.
Some may think "Tzameti" needs a different ending. I am not sure if the present one is the best way to conclude the story which is far from predictable. Perhaps we will know the answer when a Hollywood remake is made (yes, they do ... again). At the time of writing, Géla Babluani is scheduled to direct it himself in 2008.
"Tzameti" defines easy categorization, but I can say its attractive photography of the bleak world and the undiluted intensity without showing blood is something you rarely see. It is truly a refreshing experience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You got to be kidding, the raw nature of this film and the way its put together, being in black and white definitely was a perfect choice, even being in a foreign language... Read morePublished 13 months ago by jeff65
Excellent seller and a brilliant but highly disturbing movie.Published 15 months ago by Malcolm Conover
Shot entirely in black & white. It's a Palm pictures distribution, so you will not be disappointed in picture quality.. Storyline, acting and the film Director debut. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by john
This bleak and nihilistic French movie, written and directed by Gela Babluani, a Georgian, is very good...and not for the faint of heart. Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by C. O. DeRiemer
You, yeah you pansies & eunuchs inc., if for once in your life would like to feel the burning coldness of existence, do not miss this unique work of dynamic expressionism. Read morePublished on June 28, 2012 by ilyushin
This is the ultimate film noir. A dark thriller and suspense story in black and white that you have to see to believe. In fact you have to see it. Read morePublished on November 11, 2011 by Saul Rosenthal
That this DVD arrived one day apart from "Intacto" from my Netflix Queue is more than a bit creepy in that both films deal with not only the same subject matter but have some... Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by Eric Sanber
A winner at the Sundance Film Festival, 13 Tzameti (2005) is a suspense thriller that holds your interest. Read morePublished on March 2, 2011 by trebe
Sebastian (Georges Babluani), a young trademan in need of cash, assumes the identity of his dead employer in order to become involved in a dangerous game of chance. Read morePublished on April 5, 2009 by Genevieve Hayes