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
Some scenes were actually filmed in Tehran secretly. The Iranian government would not allow an Israel filmmaker to film in the streets of Tehran so Yuval Adler hired a German film company who then hired a French film company to shoot scenes in Tehran and never told the citizens what it was for. See more »
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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Realistic depiction of any spy and agency
It's not a fun movie. It's a drama about a women which is used in order to help in a war. The dramatization is realistic: she is not perfect, she has feelings and needs of her own, she is human and a brave woman. The same goes for her operator too except that he's a man and in much less danger.
On the the other hand, for agencies, in order succeed, the field agents are just pawns in a brutal war. For them it's about winning a war, no matter the cost.
If the Mossad is in realty really so cold blooded, like you would more easily expect from the KGB for instance? Maybe they are and maybe not. Does it matter? I don't expect from a screen writer to answer that for me.
I also liked the open end very much. As this is only fiction based on maybe real events, does it really matter if the screen writers doesn't give you any version of any ending?
I think that his solution for the ending has a saying for itself.
I think the movie did a good job on realistic live imagery.
See it if you like realistic dramas.
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