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Charlie joins a group of revolutionaries in Lebanon, with no one to save her if she is exposed as a spy. She works to earn the trust of Khalil and Michel's sister, Fatmeh.

Director:

Chan-wook Park (as Park Chan-Wook)

Writers:

Claire Wilson, John le Carré (based on the novel by)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Oulaya Amamra ... Salma
Lubna Azabal ... Fatmeh Al-Khadar
Shlomo Bar-Aba ... Noah Gavron (as Shlomo Barabba)
Adel Bencherif ... Tayeh
Simona Brown ... Rachel
Jeremy Child ... Chancellor
Charles Dance ... Commander Picton
Reda Elazouar Reda Elazouar ... Kareem
Gennady Fleyscher Gennady Fleyscher ... Schwilli (as Gennady Fleisher)
Charif Ghattas Charif Ghattas ... Khalil Al-Khadar
Adam Halon Adam Halon ... Camp Trainer
Ricki Hayut Ricki Hayut ... Professor Irene Minkel
Clare Holman ... Miss Bach
Amir Khoury Amir Khoury ... Michel / Salim Al-Khadar
Sandra Khouria Sandra Khouria ... Maram
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Charlie joins a group of revolutionaries in Lebanon, with no one to save her if she is exposed as a spy. She works to earn the trust of Khalil and Michel's sister, Fatmeh.

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Drama | Thriller

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English

Release Date:

21 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Chuffed is UK slang for being pleased with one self. See more »

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The coordinates that Halloran gives Charlie for the camp would place it right in the Mediterranean Sea, about 90 km south of Cyprus. See more »

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Commander Picton: You see, it's one thing to piss on my leg and tell me that it's raining. It's quite another to take a bloody great shit all over me without the courtesy of a weather report.
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meaninglessness filled with meaning..
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 #1.5

The procedure that was supposed to be exiting grows weak and at times inessential, the close call in the second act is a textbook bluff that fails on level, apart from that it is maturely handled.


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