13 Tzameti
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Twenty-two-year-old Sebastien leads an impoverished life with his immigrant family constantly struggling to support them. While repairing the roof of a neighbor's house, he overhears a conversation about an expected package which promises to make the household rich. Sensing the opportunity of a lifetime, Sebastien intercepts the package which contains a series of specific instructions. Following the clues, he assumes a false identity and manages to slip through the grasp of the enclosing police as he ventures deeper and deeper into the countryside. The closer he gets to his destination and… 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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