97 user 44 critic

The Operative (2019)

TV-MA | | Action, Drama, Mystery | 24 July 2019 (France)
1:57 | Trailer
A woman is recruited by the Mossad to work undercover in Tehran.


Yuval Adler


Yiftach R. Atir (based on the novel by) (as Yiftach Reicher Atir), Yuval Adler
4,018 ( 1,075)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Kruger ... Rachel
Martin Freeman ... Thomas
Cas Anvar ... Farhad
Rotem Keinan ... Daniel
Lana Ettinger ... Operative #2
Yoav Levi ... Operative #1
Yohanan Herson Yohanan Herson ... Joe
Rita Bäde Rita Bäde ... Woman donation
Annette Atzpodien Annette Atzpodien ... School secretary
Daniel Wandelt Daniel Wandelt ... Max
Julia Schneider Julia Schneider ... Woman in line
Mohsen Azimi Mohsen Azimi ... Custom offical
Mehdi Mosadekpur Mehdi Mosadekpur ... Passport Offical
Gal Friedman ... Operative #3
Ohad Knoller ... Stefan


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 Vertical Entertainment

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


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 »


Farhad: 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.
See more »

User Reviews

a really good spy movie
23 February 2020 | by mathomas-28053See all my reviews

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.

37 of 44 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 97 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.



France | Israel | Germany | USA | UK


English | German | Persian | Hebrew | Kurdish | French

Release Date:

24 July 2019 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Operative See more »


Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed