IWCC Nine Queens by Fabian Bielinsky Discussion Film Response Paper 2

Keep in mind that your responses should NOT simply be a re-narration of the film’s plot or a summary of the assigned reading. A higher grade will be awarded to responses that demonstrate your ability to provide an original interpretation of the film while also applying relevant concepts, issues, and theories covered in the course.

  1. Since Nine Queens has little or no violence and does not rely on extensive chase scenes, how does the film manage to create narrative tension and keep the viewer’s interest?
  1. Viewed allegorically or symbolically, what does Nine Queens tell us about the problems facing Argentine society at the turn of this century?
  1. What aspects of Nine Queens make the film universal, that is to say understandable and relatable to all viewers, even those who have little or no knowledge of Argentina?

  2. And have a short peer review about this one: . Since Nine Queens has little or no violence and does not rely on extensive chase scenes, how does the film manage to create narrative tension and keep the viewer’s interest?Nine Queens uses suspense and keeps the viewer guessing to keep interest. With every scene there is a new build of the plot that keeps the viewer wondering what is going to happen next. They also use suspense in the way that the viewer is just waiting for these scams to blow up, will they blow up? how will they get caught? will they be able to get out of it? Viewers get immersed in the movie and see the characters as themselves, no one wants to get caught and we care about the characters. So we are hoping and waiting to see if they get caught or not. The movie also has unexpected events that keeps the viewer engaged. Like most mystery plots, they keep your head spinning and almost give you whiplash sometimes to keep you engaged. In Nine Queens Marcos has a lot of these unexpected events planned out. He often would partner up with someone outside of the regular plot line and go against Juan or whoever else they are scamming.Viewed allegorically or symbolically, what does Nine Queens tell us about the problems facing Argentine society at the turn of this century?Nine Queens, of course, focused mainly on how scammers work in this society and how no one is really a “thief” (or at least doesn’t want to be called a thief). There is one scene where Marco shows Juan all of the people on the street who are thief’s or scammers. They blend in like real people and make their living off of other people’s money. I would say that the plot shows us that money is an issue for some in this Argentine society. Many, like the rich stamp collector, have an abundance of money. But most, like our main characters, need more money and have to turn to crime to get it. There seems to be a large pay gap between the classes in this society. Another issue could be that in this society men view women as weak and as property. I am probably reading too much into this scene but, as a women, it bothers me when men use sex as currency. In the scene where the stamp collector asks for Marcos sister as a part of the payment for the stamps, it shows me that these men don’t really care what the sister wants. Though they do ask her what she wants, Marco bribes her with their mother’s estate money and originally expects her to do it. On the other hand, Fede, Marcos brother, is very mad when he hears that Marco is asking such a thing of their sister. Again, I may be over thinking this scene, but a society with equal respect for women would not view women as currency.What aspects of Nine Queens make the film universal, that is to say understandable and relatable to all viewers, even those who have little or no knowledge of Argentina? I would say the whole film is universal, if someone in America hasn’t directly experienced some of the things that happen in the movie, they probably know someone who has or can imagine it happening. Struggling with money is probably the most relatable thing when thinking about culture. Both Marcos and Juan are in this business because they want more money, though for different reasons. Juans dad being in prison is also something that is relatable to all viewers. Not everyone has a parent in prison but we all know how the prison system works and we can empathize with Juan and his situation.One scene of the film, where Marco points out to Juan all of the crooks that are on the street where they are standing may not be as universal. This may be a dramatization for the films purpose, but I don’t believe that there are that many crooks in the street in our American society. But I also just may be naive to this.

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