Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the
David Mamet, eat your heart out!
This film by the very talented Fabian Bielinsky, has been compared, at least
in the United States, with films directed by David Mamet, who a lot consider
a master in this genre. I dare anyone to take a second look at those films
and compare them to 9 Queens. They all pale in comparison! In fact, Mr.
Mamet can take lessons from Mr. Bielinsky in how he accomplished writing and
directing with a very tight budget and still given us a film that looks a
lot more expensive than what it really must have cost.
Suffice it to say that 9 Queens is a joy to look at. The story of a con
artist and his apprentice is executed with great flair and panache. The
Buenos Aires of today looks even better as seen by Mr. Bielinsky behind his
camera. The three principals, Richardo Darin, Gaston Pauls and Leticia
Bredice shine in this story of deception where what we see is not
necessarily what's behind the real plot of the story.
Ricardo Darin, who was excellent in The Son of the Bride, outdoes himself
portraying his street smart thief. Gaston Pauls is very credible behind the
facade of the trusting learner of the trade that Mr Darin is willing to
This film was a surprise because it is very well paced and it keeps the
viewer going in one direction and presenting us an ending that is both
credible and possible. Let's hope for more films from Fabian Bielinsky in
the not too distant future.