The Player

John Appel

The Netherlands, 2009, 85 min.

SYNOPSIS: The film is a son’s personal quest to find his father and an in-depth investigation into the soul of a true gambler: a search for the universal tragedy inherent in chronic risk-taking and the real-life contrast between tension and ecstasy on the one hand, and pain and loneliness on the other. The director focuses on three gamblers: a bookie, a poker player and a rouletteaddicted criminal who know all about winning and losing. In this way, he delves artistically into the mysterious mind of his father, who was not just a gambler, but a player of life too.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K4BiwahQuI

“Upon zero, upon zero! Again upon zero! Stake as much as ever you can…We shall not miss them, so stake twenty pieces at a time… … I know perfectly well what I am doing.” 1)Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Gambler, Dover Publications, Inc, New York, p. 60.

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1. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Gambler, Dover Publications, Inc, New York, p. 60.