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by Paul Schrader


The film, written and directed by Schrader, follows William Tell (Isaac), a gambler and former serviceman who sets out to reform a young man seeking revenge on a mutual enemy from their past. Tell just wants to play cards. His spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk, a vulnerable and angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel. Tell sees a chance at redemption through his relationship with Cirk. Gaining backing from mysterious gambling financier La Linda, Tell takes Cirk with him on the road, going from casino to casino until the unlikely trio set their sights on winning the World Series of poker in Las Vegas. But keeping Cirk on the straight-and-narrow proves impossible, dragging Tell back into the darkness of his past.

international title: The Card Counter
original title: The Card Counter
country: United States, United Kingdom, China
year: 2021
genre: fiction
directed by: Paul Schrader
film run: 112'
screenplay: Paul Schrader
cast: Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan, Willem Dafoe
cinematography by: Alexander Dynan
film editing: Benjamin Rodriguez Jr.
art director: Ashley Fenton
costumes designer: Lisa Madonna
music: Robert Levon Been, Giancarlo Vulcano
production: HanWay Films, Focus Features (US), LB Entertainment (US), Carte Blanche (US), Convergent Media (US), Convergent Media. (US), Lucky 13 Productions (US), Bona Film Group (CN)

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