Nine Queens

Synopsis: Early one morning, Marcos observes Juan successfully pulling off a bill-changing scam on a cashier, and then getting caught as he attempts to pull the same trick on the next shift. Marcos steps in, claiming to be a policeman, and drags Juan out of the store. Once they are back on the street, Marcos reveals himself to be a fellow swindler with a game of much higher stakes in mind, and he invites Juan to be his partner in crime. A once-in-a-lifetime scheme seemingly falls into their laps - an old-time con man enlists them to sell a forged set of extremely valuable rare stamps, The Nine Queens. The tricky negotiations that ensue bring into the picture a cast of suspicious characters, including Marcos' sister Valeria, their younger brother Federico and a slew of thieves, conmen and pickpockets. As the deceptions mount, it becomes more and more difficult to figure out who is conning whom.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Fabián Bielinsky
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  22 wins & 8 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.9
Metacritic:
80
Rotten Tomatoes:
92%
R
Year:
2000
114 min
$1,078,919
Website
509 Views


What are you reading?

- Nothing. I'm sorry.

- Don't worry.

- Will that be all?

- Yes.

This machine drives me crazy.

I'll register it later.

- 1.25 plus 3.75...

- 5.

Yes, five, of course.

Don't you have a smaller bill?

- Not enough change.

- I'll make it.

What an idiot! I do have it.

The change from the taxi.

The taxi-driver's change.

I took it all from him.

I'm sure you need the change.

If you have a 100 bill, I'll give

you 50, and 50, 100, in change.

Yes.

- Bye, thanks.

- Bye.

- Bye.

- Bye.

- Hi.

- Hi.

We'll put it over there.

- He did that to me.

- What?

You know, the change.

Be careful, Betina.

He's pulling a trick

to take money from you.

- What the f*ck's going on?

- He pulled a trick on me!

- He took money from me!

- Son of a bitch! Call the police!

- That won't be necessary. Don't call.

- Who the hell are you?

You thought I'd forget, right?

You think I'm a prick,

just like all the assholes you swindle?

Is that it? You fucking thief!

- Freeze, motherfucker! Don't resist.

- I won't resist.

Stop it, goddamit, look... !

Who the f*ck do you think

you are talking to?

I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

Is this the money you took from her?

Is this it?

You'll get a call from the precinct.

To file your report

and to return this to you.

Don't move from here.

Do you smoke?

- Smoke these?

- No.

A pity. I no longer smoke.

Crunchy...

made in Greece.

This country is going to hell.

Do you want?

I'm such an asshole!

What an asshole!

It's not that bad.

I should know when someone's

pulling a trick on me.

Depends on who's doing it.

- It was the gun that convinced me.

- The gun?

The only thing handy.

Are you mad, kid?

"He pulled a trick on me! "

Why did you help me out?

It was a pity you'd get canned

for 45 lousy bucks.

- How d'you know it's 45?

- I did that trick a million times.

And I know you can't

do it twice at the same store.

You get in, you do it

and you get out... that's it.

Unless you want

to get beaten and canned...

not necessarily in that order.

- You are a swindler.

- A dentist.

- The professional felt pity for the asshole.

- Beginner.

I hope one day

I'm as good as you, teacher.

Thanks anyway. Goodbye.

Hold it!

What do you want?

That's a strange way

of saying thanks.

I said thanks.

What else do you want?

Not me, what do you want?

- What do I want?

- Survive, I guess.

- I can teach you a couple of tricks.

- Why?

Because otherwise...

you're headed for trouble.

- Thanks a lot, but I'm doing fine.

- Yeah, I can see that.

I'm not the smartest

but I'm street-wise...

and I know that nobody gives

you anything for free...

especially someone like you.

- What d'you want?

- I already told you.

Try telling me the truth.

I work with another guy,

a partner, Turco.

He disappeared a week ago, completely.

The thing is, I need a partner.

I don't know how

to work on my own, I can't.

I saw you at the gas station

and I thought...

perhaps...

Why me?

Why not?

No, look... I work alone,

and besides, I don't know you.

I'm Marcos... and you are... ?

Juan.

Juan. But you've

always wanted to be called...

Sebastin.

Guys called Juan

always want another name.

Let's do business, Sebastin?

- Juan.

- Juan.

Just for today, one day only.

Then you can decide.

- No, thanks.

- It's up to you to do it.

If you want to keep on

playing in the little leagues.

Here, kid.

Don't lose your money.

Hey... Marcos...

Just for today.

- Who is it?

- Auntie?

- Who is it?

- Auntie?

- No, who is it?

- I'm sorry.

- Who is it?

- Auntie?

- No. What auntie?

- Excuse me.

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Fabián Bielinsky

Fabián Bielinsky (3 February 1959 – 28 June 2006) was an Argentine film director born in Buenos Aires. He started to make films early in life, while still a high school student in the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires. After graduation he started studying psychology, a career he pursued for a short time before dropping out in favor of enrolling in the Centro de Experimentacion y Realizacion Cinematografica (CERC, actually ENERC, INCAA's film school), from which he graduated in 1983 with a short film called La Espera, based on a story by Jorge Luis Borges. He directed his first film, Nine Queens (original title Nueve Reinas) in 2000, and the second one, El Aura, in 2005, which he was going to present in Edinburgh, at the International Film Festival, a month later. Both films starred Ricardo Darín in the lead role. Bielinsky died from a heart attack while in São Paulo, Brazil, casting for an advertisement. more…

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