The story follows two small-time crooks named Marcos and Juan (Ricardo Darin and Gaston Pauls, respectively). They both end up trying to pull the same scheme at the same time at a convenience store. The more experienced Marcos likes what he sees from Juan and decides that they could work together on some small jobs. One day, they get a call from Marcos's sister, Valeria (Leticia Bredice), about aonce-in-a-lifetime opportunity involving a fake set of rare stamps called the Nine Queens. If they find a buyer, they will rake in six figures. However, this scheme isn't going to come together without a few hitches.
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Nine Queens joins a line of sly thrillers about master-pupil con artists and games within games within games that includes The Sting, House of Games, and Heist. In the first five minutes, we watch an overt scam--a young Argentinian named Juan (Gastón Pauls) running the two-10s-for-a-5 hornswoggle on a convenience store clerk--then find that we have been tricked along with the bystanders as another brand of deception kicks in. And so it goes as Juan, with both trepidation and excitement, drifts into partnership for a day with an older, more cosmopolitan conman, Marcos (Ricardo Darín). Knocking around Buenos Aires--from gritty downtown to cozy neighborhood side streets to a swank hotel where wealth murmurs behind every door--these damnably resourceful scoundrels try not to miss a bet, including an epic swindle involving the titular "Nine Queens," a set of ultrarare stamps. Writer-director Fabián Bielinsky keeps a taut rein on everything, including his own cleverness. The end result is an entertainment as bracingly disciplined as it is ingenious. --Richard T. JamesonFrom the Back Cover :
Welcome to a world of suspicion, betrayal, and intrigue, where two small-time grifters team up to pull off a big-time score involving a set of valuable counterfeit stamps known as the Nine Queens. But when the rules of the con game unexpectedly change, the two crooks find themselves pitted against each other in this taut psychological thriller in which neither the players, nor the audience, knows for sure who is playing whom.
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