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Nine Queens

Finally got around to seeing Nueve reinas yesterday, as London was being deluged by flash floods.
I absolutely love the con-artist film sub-genre. The likes of David Mamet’s House of Games or Stephen Frears’ The Gifters. The sort of film where you know that there’s a scam behind the scam but you’re not sure what it is. Well this is firmly in that vein. Juan earns a living by carrying out basic con tricks involving change and large banknotes (you’ve seen this done before), when he runs into Marcos who helps him out in a tricky situation, and then takes him under his wing for the pair of them to reap bigger rewards – his regular partner having disappeared. So we travel the streets of Buenos Aires seeing con after con, and meeting some of the characters that inhabit this world. I don’t want to spoil the story by saying much more, but this is a great film.