The Mole Agent

The Mole Agent

The Mole Agent

Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2021 Academy Awards, this Chilean film follows an 83-year-old man who agrees to be a mole planted within a retirement home under suspicion of elder abuse. However, the mole starts to waver from his task when he becomes wrapped up in the lives of his fellow residents.

2020Rating: G, Very mild themes89 minsChile, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, USASpanish with English subtitles
DocumentaryWorld Cinema
Director:
Maite Alberdi ('The Grown-Ups', 'La Once')
Writer:
Maite Alberdi
Cast:
Sergio ChamyRómulo Aitken

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IndieWire

IndieWire

The Mole Agent may not look like a documentary, but it builds to a poetic finale enmeshed in emotional authenticity.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Funny, poignant and finely crafted.

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BirthMoviesDeath

BirthMoviesDeath

A gentle meditation on loneliness and a fate that threatens us all.

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Variety

Variety

Alberdi's comic-caper approach soon fizzles.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

The documentary succeeds with its tenderness, while vividly reminding us how easily society can forget its elders.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The film's people are moving, and the payoff is compassionate, humane and worth heeding.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

Through a unique premise and an engrossing style, The Mole Agent shines a light on a part of our society that we don't talk or think about enough.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

(The Mole Agent) effectively blends documentary with dramatic elements to charming, if not always transparent, effect.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Sergio himself has real gentleness and is a lovely character... But he is marooned in a tricksy, gimmicky film.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

A fun little diversion, but nothing more.

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The Irish Times

The Irish Times

We didn't get a James Bond film in 2020, but who needs one when we have Maite Alberdi's charming hybrid drama-documentary.

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The Times

The Times

There are no horror stories, just lots of poignancy.

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The Australian

The Australian

The Mole Agent, an intriguing fly-on-the-wall documentary from Chile, takes an unusual approach to the subject of the treatment of the elderly.

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