Juan, a small-time thief, gets caught swindling a store, but Marcos, a more experienced con man, gets him out of that jam and says he'll teach the younger man the ropes. A former associate of Marcos's who is a master forger says he's designed a fake copy of an extremely rare German set of stamps known as the "Nine Queens" they can sell quick and dear to a wealthy collector who has to flee the country in a day or so to escape an investigation. Their pigeon is lodged at the Hilton where Marcos's shapely sister has a legitimate job and is not happy to see him back on the premises -- not least because he's held up their inheritance in legal limbo. This 2000 Argentinian film, written and directed smoothly by first timer Fabian Bielinsky, and competently acted by all the principles as well as an array of eccentric supporting roles, has been likened to David Mamet's "House of Games," but it also reminded me of "The Sting," because it has a light, playful quality with almost none of the in-your-face violence of, say, Guy Ritchie's films or "Sexy Beast." A delightful piece of entertainment.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus