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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a really good spy movie
This movie shows us what it's like to be a spy, particularly one in which the spy is really hated by the country being infiltrated (a Mossad agent in Iran). It shows how very difficult it is, and how lonely. It also shows the dangers a spy faces because his or her controllers 'back home' don't always know what they're doing. It also shows the convoluted personal relationships, and how they get complicated and twisted up during a spy's career.
I do not understand the negative reviews on this site. Just watch this movie carefully, maybe watch it twice, and you will be very impressed.
As to the criticism of the ending, I will say this: the movie is over, and she's left going through the rest of her life looking over her shoulder, being hunted. That's it. She will never be safe again.
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