The Mole Agent (El Agente Topo) [Online]
Apr. 2–30, 2021
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** Official submission of Chile for the Best International Feature Film category of the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021 **
Sergio is a Chilean spy. Sort of. At least, he is offered the role of one after a casting session organized by Detective Romulo, a private investigator who needs a credible mole to infiltrate a retirement home. Romulo’s client, the concerned daughter of a resident, suspects her mother is being abused and hires him to find out what is really happening.
However, Sergio is 83, not 007, and not an easy trainee when it comes to technology and spying techniques. But he is a keen student, looking for ways to distract himself after recently losing his wife. What could be a better distraction than some undercover spy action? While gathering intelligence, Sergio grows close to several residents and realizes that the menacing truth beneath the surface is not what anyone had suspected.
Maite Alberdi’s The Mole Agent is a stylish combination of an observational documentary and a spy movie, with sleek camerawork and wonderfully watchable characters. It’s a unique meditation on compassion and loneliness that will infiltrate your heart and never let go.
(Maite Alberdi, Chile, Netherlands, Spain, Germany & US, 2020, 84 min, in Spanish with hardcoded English subtitles)
“The most heartwarming spy movie ever made.” — Eric Kohn, IndieWire
“A refreshing, beautifully made documentary set in a nursing home under suspicion of elder neglect, Maite Alberdi’s The Mole Agent begins with its tongue in cheek but grows quite moving by its end. Structured with a brilliant eye for narrative development and telling character detail.” — John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter