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466 Ratings

Triple Agent

Directed by Éric Rohmer
France, Italy, 2004


France, 1936, at the time of the Spanish Civil War. Fiodor, a general in the former Tsar’s army, has taken flight to Paris together with his young Greek wife, Arsinoé. Arsinoé sympathizes with her Communist neighbors, but Fiodor’s stance is unclear. White Russian, Soviet, Nazi…whose side is he on?

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Triple Agent Directed by Éric Rohmer

Critics reviews

In the end it is all Rohmer, a world where the said and unsaid has as much, if not more power, than a secret code or a pointed gun… Triple Agent is as much about the secrets that lovers agree to keep from another in exchange for other kinds of truth as it is about the clash between fascism and communism. And as with his best work, it is the deceptive simplicity of how Rohmer assembles his materials that gives the film its emotional and intellectual power long after the credits roll.
March 27, 2017
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A sad film, but not a dark one… We see a faith challenged and destroyed, but we do not feel that faith itself is futile. I certainly look at this portrait of a marriage and find in it many virtues, many truths—its specific problems generalize easily to the moral condition of many relationships. What makes the film feel so tough and unconsoling is that it prods at the insufficiencies of goodness in a world which is impossible to master or comprehend.
January 13, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • Myles's rating of the film Triple Agent

    A novel seen through Rohmer's marvelous eye is inevitably more sumptuous than any reading experience. This was an absolute pleasure. Serge Renko gives us a character with the kind of complexity that rarely appears on film. Gorgeous, gorgeous filmmaking from an older generation that still has its attention span.

  • Michael Schmidt's rating of the film Triple Agent

    A fantastic film! While some reviewers seem disappointed at all the thick political discussion and the anticlimactic ending, I think they are crucial to making the whole thing believable. Life in unsettled times is complicated and unsatisfying, something we are all learning for ourselves these days.

  • Jason's rating of the film Triple Agent

    Rohmer, late as he was in his magisterial career, follows up what I genuinely hold to be one of the greatest motion pictures of all time w/ another historical masterpiece, somewhat lighter on the artifice and grandeur. I consider myself something of a connoisseur of Popular Front-era French culture, and of course Rohmer was sixteen during the year this thing begins, so there is something of lived experience speaking.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Triple Agent

    Rohmer's complex take on the espionage genre discards the usual scenes of action & suspense that audiences anticipate & instead emphasises quiet, subtle scenes of conversation & historical context. The effect foregrounds the idea of deception; putting the audience into the perspective of a character & forcing us to experience the twists & turns of the narrative as they would; not with excitement, but with betrayal.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Triple Agent

    Rohmer's penultimate film finds him taking us to late 30's France, a time of political struggle, ideals, spying and preparing for eventual war. Our protagonists are an exiled Russian general and his Greek wife played to perfection by S. Renko and K. Didaskalou. Rohmer's script is near perfection; a talky but riveting examination of the time period. Shot between two more adventurous films this is vintage Rohmer.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Triple Agent

    Requires another viewing - first impression? A rich unravelling of the labyrinthine nature of duplicity - dialogue which reveals a complex tapestry of questionable motives and how natural instinct picks up rightly (and sometimes wrongly) on the signs and omens of betrayal.

  • Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film Triple Agent

    Eric Rohmer's strength was in his dialogue. Where most of his films use it as a means to create intimacy, Triple Agent curiously use it as a means to create distance. And in the end it works. And so does the political aspect, which quietly comes together by the end and makes for a mature espionage drama.

  • Francisco R.'s rating of the film Triple Agent

    A sneaky little film that doesn't show its true agenda well after it's begun, which might be the reason for some to acuse it of being dry and derivative in its first half, with densely written dialogue throughout. The truth is, the film does succeed in showing the fog of war in the vital moments preceeding the main confrontation, with Rohmer orchestrating an unwelcoming, cold yet impossibly smart espionage tale.

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