July 14, 2009

13 Tzameti

I am sorry that this is a very brief review, but it's really all I've got to say about this film. It's an incredibly uninteresting film. It was beautifully shot in black and white and had a decent premise. Those are really the only positives. It was very poorly acted. Many lines seem odd and forced, with the actors having little emotion. It seems that they were bored with the material they were given, which is understandable. There are numerous plot holes. The film is painfully dull in places, particularly the first half-hour. Also, the ending seems to have rendered the whole film completely pointless. I could only recommend this to someone with an obsessive cinematography compulsion. This is the first film I have seen from the Republic of Georgia, and I can only hope that the rest of the country's cinema is better. 4/10.

P.S. It's worth noting that the subtitles take up NO LESS THAN HALF of the screen. Not recommended, friends. Not recommended at all.


  1. well, what else do you expect from contemporary french films?

    a sad attempt to be artistic by being completely incomprehensible.
    but good review, that considered.

  2. That is an unfortunate truth. Most of the contemporary French film I have seen (admittedly, I haven't seen much) is quite pretentious, and certainly not on the level of such classic French directors as Luis Bunuel and others.

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  4. Buñuel's not French!

    I haven't seen a ton of French films from the 2000s, but two that I'd certainly recommend are Sylvain Chomet's "The Triplets of Belleville" and Agnès Varda's "The Beaches of Agnès" (though I'd recommend at least some familiarity with Varda's earlier work and/or the work of Jacques Demy and Chris Marker before watching her oddball autobiography).

  5. He's a Spanish man who made some French films. That's true.

    I've seen neither of those. Thanks for the tip!

    Is Sans Soleil/La Jetee worth ordering in the Criterion collection at 50% off?

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