22 year-old Sébastien leads an impoverished life struggling to support his family. While repairing a neighbor’s roof, he overhears a conversation about a forthcoming package which promised to make the household rich. He intercepts the mysterious package—which comes with a cryptic set of clues.
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As bennievermeer says, don't watch the trailer. You're either in or you're out. You can compare this to 'Hostel', but I prefer this one. 'Hostel' inevitably has the stink of Hollywood on it. You end up feeling a bit dirty in the way you've been manipulated. This one treats you as an adult and lets you decide how you feel.
One of my all-time favourites. I thoroughly enjoyed the film from beginning to end. The tension Babluani created grabbed me just fine. I was disappointed when he announced a US remake. It's not doing the film any justice.
"If I don't suit you, I can leave." "You can't leave now." "What if it doesn't suit me?" "You have to play now." | "13 first draws viewers in with a convoluted layering of enigmas ... [then] keeps its grip on the audience with some tautly handled scenes of human desperation and depravity. Son of director Temur Babluani, Gela has debuted with an impressively noirish moral fable." - Anton Bitel, EyeforFilm
Hmm. Like most, I think it took too long on the setup. If you're particularly non-misanthropic, you can probably miss it. If you're into the dark recesses of the human psyche, you may well enjoy. If you're into sweaty frenchmen of varying degrees of hairiness, you will love it.
Great concept for a film, just can't shake the feeling how similar this is to Hostel. Both came out the same year, not to sure which one came first tho.
Prefer this than Hostel tho.
btw follow BENNIEVERMEER advice & don't watch the trailer before viewing.
Very shallow. The lead character is just plain dumb, the dialogues are futile, and the best parts are a loan from The Deer Hunter. It has some oppressive feel, debtor of french noir, Murnau or even Polanski. But it isn't quite enough to carry all the foolishness of the not-so-promising debut by Babluani (he has done a US remake with Mickey Rourke and that reveals a lot).