Mini-Review: Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens)

Every so often I’ll be writing a 2-3 sentence mini-review of a favorite old film, hopefully to entice you, dear reader, into watching it and leaving your own comments on the movie. I’ll try to use this to explain why I like each of the films whose one sheets are in the background graphic of this site too.

nueve reinas onesheet.jpgIf you like films about cons like The Italian Job (either the recent remake or the wry original) or The Spanish Prisoner, then you’ll love this Spanish-language film set in Argentina, where nothing is what it seems. Or is it?

The Nine Queens of the title are a sheet of exceptionally rare stamps and the film is about grifters who meet by chance and concoct the big con after pulling off various smaller scams.

Pay particular attention to the last five minutes of the film as many things that transpire earlier are explained in subtle ways.

I love the genre and this is not only one of my all-time favorite con movies, it’s just one of my favorite films of all time.

Now, go see it, enjoy it and let me know what you thought!


Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens) was released in August, 2000 and distributed in the United States by Sony Pictures Classics. Directed by Fabián Bielinsky, the film stars Gastón Pauls as Juan and Ricardo Darín as Marcos and has an MPAA “R” rating.

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