13 Tzameti
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An aimless 20-year-old with a penchant for following the rules receives a mysterious set of instructions that lead him down a path from which he may never return in director Géla Babluani's tense tale of death and chance. Sébastien has come into possession of a train ticket and a mysterious set of instructions. Though he is unsure of exactly what fate awaits him when he arrives at his destination, one thing is certain: these items were most certainly not meant for him. Bored by his uneventful existence and hungering for something new, Sébastien boards the outbound train and takes his first… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Easier to admire than it is to sit through, the French film 13 (Tzameti) is an exercise in stylish depravity that may one day be viewed as the debut of a great filmmaker."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"The Georgian-born French director Gela Babluani makes an absorbing debut with this black-and-white thriller."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Meant more as perverse gimmicky entertainment than in telling anything meaningful about the human condition."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"an impressively noirish moral fable that, for all its bleakness, offers ample rewards to those willing to take a chance on it."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"the most artsy spin on The Most Dangerous Game ever plunked down on the screen."
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"A tightly screwed shocker, a suspense tour de force that proceeds through a harrowing chain of events with alarming confidence."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Gela Babluani, according to the film's sparse press kit, is only 26 years old but already knows more about suspense than some filmmakers learn in a career."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"13 Tzameti does suffer from a weak and even lazy conclusion, but that doesn't stop 90 minutes that come before it. This truly is deserving of being unforgettable."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Calgary Movies
"Biting into the dubious apple of the new market economy."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"A gritty, high attrition-rate mindbender guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to its shocking finale."
‑ Kam Williams, BlackFilm.com
"It may be smarter than Saw II or Saw III, but it's just selling a classier brand of sadistic voyeurism."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"The Babluanis are brothers to pay attention to."
‑ , Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"I knew nothing before I saw this film, except I heard it was intense (it is) and a little violent (also true). It's also well made, disturbing, and rather hard to forget."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"At its center is an astonishing set-piece that will rivet almost any moviegoer."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"Comes off like a punch in the stomach. A terrific, focused first-effort by the Georgian emigre Gela Babluani."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
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