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The Mole Agent(El agente topo)

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Chile · 2020
1h 29m
Director Maite Alberdi
Starring Sergio Chamy, Rómulo Aitken
Genre Documentary

A family hires a private investigator to look into their mother's retirement home, who then places a mole in the building: 83-year-old Sergio. Sergio, disguised as the home's newest resident, struggles to balance his assignment with his involvement in the lives of the other seniors in this wry and touching documentary.

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Screen Daily by Allan Hunter

What begins as a bit of a lark blossoms into a moving reflection on old age and loneliness that should strike a chord across the generations.


Variety by Amy Nicholson

Alberdi’s comic-caper approach soon fizzles. Like Sergio, the film is hunting for drama, something to merit the 007 guitar and upright bass riffs of Vincent van Warmerdam’s score.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

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


The New York Times by Glenn Kenny

The movie’s straddling of the dramatic and the documentary forms is unsettling. Unless you unquestioningly accept its method, this chronicle can look like a glaring invasion of privacy. But the film’s people are moving, and the payoff is compassionate, humane and worth heeding.


The Hollywood Reporter by John DeFore

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.


The Playlist by Jonathan Christian

The Mole Agent is a perfect film. From a technical and emotional viewpoint equally, The Mole Agent possesses no flaws. Yes, as with every documentary, manipulation is openly displayed and validity can always be questioned, but The Mole Agent dissuades any inkling of pessimism or negativity through its unabashed sincerity.


The Film Stage by Matt Cipolla

The Mole Agent may stumble through some of its choices at first, but it sticks the landing by finding a cogitative dissonance and refusing to solve it.

75 by Nick Allen

For however quaint and sporadically quirky it is, The Mole Agent is an earnest look at old age, and a community full of people just like Sergio.


Slant Magazine by Pat Brown

That Maite Alberdi’s camera itself is present in The Mole Agent as a quasi-ethical concern suits the way Sergio, as he shuffles through the home’s hallways, gradually comes to be uncomfortable with his own surveillance.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Sergio himself has real gentleness and is a lovely character, and there is some amiable comedy about how he is starting to enjoy himself in the home. But he is marooned in a tricksy, gimmicky film.

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