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The Operative (2019)

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A woman is recruited by the Mossad to work undercover in Tehran.

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Yuval Adler

Writers:

Yuval Adler, Yiftach R. Atir (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Kruger ... Rachel
Martin Freeman ... Thomas
Cas Anvar ... Farhad
Rotem Keinan ... Daniel
Lana Ettinger ... Operative #2
Yoav Levi ... Operative #1
Yohanan Herson Yohanan Herson ... Joe
Rita Bäde Rita Bäde ... Woman donation
Annette Atzpodien Annette Atzpodien ... School secretary
Daniel Wandelt Daniel Wandelt ... Max
Julia Schneider Julia Schneider ... Woman in line
Mohsen Azimi Mohsen Azimi ... Custom offical
Mehdi Mosadekpur Mehdi Mosadekpur ... Passport Offical
Gal Friedman ... Operative #3
Ohad Knoller ... Stefan
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Based on Yiftach R. Atir's book, The English Teacher, Yuval Adler's "THE OPERATIVE" is a taut psychological thriller about a young Western woman "Diane Kruger" recruited by the Mossad to go undercover in Tehran where she becomes entangled in a complex triangle with her handler "Martin Freeman" and her subject "Cas Anvar". Written by Vertical Entertainment

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Farhad: The people here all have many secrets. There's too many rules in Iran. So... If uh, you want to drink, you keep it a secret. You marry a woman who is a... Yu understand. She, she had sex. You keep it secret. If you go to a party or a cultural thing too controversial, you keep it secret. You don't want to fast on Ramadan? Eat in secret. It's the way of life here. Like a second nature.
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Respectable profound entertainment
29 July 2019 | by sarahbesic-06842See all my reviews

Having seen this film in its German dubbed version as a sneak preview all in all I'd summerize it to be a quite good adapted modern spy story. In contrary to those visually stunning yet totally noncredible Bond like movies, you'll barely find any attention-grabbing punch-ups, car chases or technical gadgets contests. Instead you're invited to follow an authentic and neatly elaborated plot in the realm of operational duties within the Israeli secret service. The several well chosen locations serving as a livelike coulisse as well as the seemingly incidental requisites together form a granular composition for the story line. The cast, the really good construction of the characters und the detailled, emotionally vivid acting lay the slick groundwork for various arcs of suspense. The viewers easyly can share the characters excitement and therefore can put themselves in the different positions. The director consciously utilizes cutting, e.g. long abiding vs. fast action driven scenes, different camera perspectives like close-ups during face-to-face conversations or impressive landscape-shots, chronological cut-backs and much more to involve and thrill the audience. Finally and generously the movie doesn't try to persuade the spectator in respect of a potentially more valuable opinion in this politically delicate setting. So why didn't I award 10/10? Firstly sometimes single scenes and dialogues appear to be a little bit clumsy. Secondly a noticable lack of scenic elegance and narratively ease slightly overtax the characters struggles instead of pointing on the gravity of the main topic with its complex implications. But all in all a really nice film!


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