Vincentas is the best employee at the emergency services station, and he has only one passion – gambling in different games. Whenever he is in some difficult situation, the medic is forced to grab onto something radical to return the money he is constantly losing.
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A lot are movies titled "The Gambler" in English and almost all is no much for Karel Reisz's, but this is different. Gamble-crazy paramedic guy tumbles down precipitous edge of moral. Music like scream of metal, on-the-deadly-point storytelling, partly observational & partly drastically emotional photography connected with character's despair. Intense Lithuanian thriller, darkishly shining gem.
3+ the poor sick child's line is really cheesy, and the "experimental stuff" sometimes look simply stupid, but there is an atmosphere, the film is breathing and personally for me the ending worked good, especially the last images, both visually astounding and meaningful.