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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My Opinion as an Iranian
I think this movie shows relatively realistic image of Iran , Iranian people and clash between Iran and Israel.
As an Iranian I enjoyed the movie. unlike some of similar movies about Iran , all Iranian characters are good hearted people with no Iranian interrogators or such. also I like that -despite having Israeli production- the involvement of Mossad on Iranian scientist assassination and sabotaging Iran's nuclear program is depicted without hesitation. Acting was good and Iran's streets and atmosphere shown believable and almost perfect ... there is no Opel Astra police cars or old Volvo Station wagons in Iran though.
I gave is 8 of 10.
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