(Tzameti) is written and directed by Géla Babluani who successfully
creates a modern noir genre that revolves around Sébastien who has
been working for Jean-François, an old man who suffers from a severe
While working for Jean-François, Sébastien overhears a strange
conversation with a mysterious man who promises him a large amount
of money provided he dances to their tunes. Sébastien is intrigued
by this prospect and when an envelope arrives for Jean-François,
Sébastien decides to take this envelope and discovers a train ticket
and a hotel reservation.
Upon arriving at this hotel, Sébastien receives a phone call from a
stranger giving him further instructions as he begins to play the
naive puppet as his puppet masters control his moves from the
shadows. Eventually Sébastien realises that he is becoming embroiled
into something that is larger than he can comprehend and attempts to
escape this elaborate trap.
All the actors within this film are perfect as their characters and
director Géla Babluan makes extremely good use of the black and
white cinematography that suits the noir genre perfectly and
introduces elements of our darker psyche to the film that challenges
our own morals and what we would do in Sébastien's circumstances.
Gripping from start to finish!
The Brothers Babluani - interview
with Gela and Georges Bablunai
Number 6: Interview with Aurelian
Fictional interview with a survivor
of the game