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Charlie awaits contact from Michel's network, but her performance may not hold up under scrutiny. She and Becker share a last moment together before she crosses the point of no return.

Director:

Chan-wook Park (as Park Chan-Wook)

Writers:

Michael Lesslie, John le Carré (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Roee Adar ... Oded
Lubna Azabal ... Fatmeh Al-Khadar
Adel Bencherif ... Tayeh
Simona Brown ... Rachel
Edward Davis ... Willie
Gennady Fleyscher Gennady Fleyscher ... Schwilli (as Gennady Fleisher)
Tom Hanson Tom Hanson ... Paulie
Clare Holman ... Miss Bach
Daniel Litman ... Daniel
Michael Moshonov ... Shimon Litvak
Bethany Muir ... Sophie
Alessandro Piavani ... Mario Rossino
Florence Pugh ... Charlie / Charmian Ross
Katharina Schüttler ... Helga Stern
Michael Shannon ... Martin Kurtz
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Charlie awaits contact from Michel's network, but her performance may not hold up under scrutiny. She and Becker share a last moment together before she crosses the point of no return.

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Drama | Thriller

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In the period in which this mini-series is set, in the United kingdom, in order to receive gas or heat, coins had to be placed in the meter. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: I thought you disapproved of me. All my men.
Gadi Becker: [quoting Charlie] I never disapprove of pleasure. It's the only antidote to death.
Charlie: Thief.
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for the first time here, now..
25 November 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

The Little Drummer Girl

Chan-wook's avant-garde lexicon for the espionage thriller is much more personal to ever come across the screen. Often or not, such a genre ultimately gets culminated into a more general purpose or agenda that they thrive upon. But John Le Carre, whose book from which it is adapted, is self-obsessed with its characters too much to lose their touch. And from those characters' perspective and equation among them, a non-provocative message is weaved out from it. But this is Le Carre's doing, the screenplay by Lesslie and Wilson fumbles a lot before reaching the point. In fact in its initial stage it is gripping and compelling that holds you on the edge of your seat.

But its second act is a bit dodgy, reliable upon sloppy ineffective close calls, it shucks away the earned integrity by the series up till then. And with a final bang, it chooses to fiddle with your emotions, it doesn't have a smart ending, but it surely is justified. Chan-wook's execution is admirable and show a lot of potential. The adapted structure of the script is your basic series follow up, there is groundbreaking is writing or execution. Pugh, on the lead role is at times convincing and at times unreliable, she isn't consistently convincing which puts the series in a very tight spot considering she has to drive it.

Skarsgard as his supporter and arguable on a parallel role, is convincing and aptly reserved yet expressive enough to speak through his portrayal. Shannon oozes power in his supporting role over the others and is kept under the shades for the most part of it. The Little Drummer Girl is a passive adaptation, it is part people pleaser, part honestly unfiltered, and within that balanced tone, it is blatantly above mediocrity.

Episode #1.4

This is basically the aftermath episode, initially the close call is brilliantly executed, but the rest of it is reminiscing about the mistakes and decisions taken and plotting up the characters and the trajectory.


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