13 Tzameti
13 Tzameti (2005)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 28, 2005
DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This starkly minimalist nail-biter of a thriller relentlessly builds up the tension and keeps the audience guessing.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

The Georgian-born French director Gela Babluani makes an absorbing debut with this black-and-white thriller.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Meant more as perverse gimmicky entertainment than in telling anything meaningful about the human condition.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A tightly screwed shocker, a suspense tour de force that proceeds through a harrowing chain of events with alarming confidence.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

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Ryan Cracknell
Calgary Movies

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.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

It may be smarter than Saw II or Saw III, but it's just selling a classier brand of sadistic voyeurism.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Babluanis are brothers to pay attention to.

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Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

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.

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