Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The Mole Agent

Year: 2020
Language: Spanish
Run Time: 90 minutes

The Mole Agent

Sergio is a newly minted spy at the age of 83. After responding to an ad in the paper seeking octogenarians with a flare for technology, he is hired by private detective, Rómulo Aitken, to be his undercover eyes and ears in a Chilean retirement home. As a mole, the recently widowed Sergio is to investigate claims of elder abuse made by Rómulo’s client, the invisible daughter of a resident. Like any good noir, there are layers to the rouse: while Sergio delivers daily reports and video intelligence— filmed, of course, with hidden camera glasses—the film crew has already convinced the home they are shooting a documentary on its inhabitants. Although he’s no James Bond, Sergio is a sweet and inquisitive man, making him popular among his peers. It seems his ability to listen might be more useful than his passable surveillance skills. Rómulo struggles to make Sergio prioritize his mission, as Sergio becomes entrenched in the community around him. Part stylishly shot espionage film, part touching observational documentary, THE MOLE AGENT is a bittersweet genre-bender through which a disparate group of forgotten souls come to life when a certain spy offers an empathetic ear. (In Spanish with subtitles) — D.O.

CIFF44 Screenings

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 8:35 PM

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Cinema en Español

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