The Mole Agent

a film by Maite Alberdi

The Mole Agent

Chile, USA, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain | 2020 | 84:00 min

Original Title:
DER MAULWURF – Ein Detektiv im Altersheim

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Human Interest Society Social Issue

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Documentary Docudrama
When a family becomes concerned about their mother’s wellbeing in a retirement home, private investigator Romulo hires Sergio, an 83 year-old man who becomes a new resident–and a mole inside the home, who struggles to balance his assignment with becoming increasingly involved in the lives of several residents.

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.

"The most heart-warming spy movie ever made...delightful" - Indiewire

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2020
Winner - Best European Film Audience Award - San Sebastian IFF
IDFA - Best of Fests
Cast and Crew
  • Director Maite Alberdi
  • Director of Photography Pablo Valdés
Original Languages


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