#5 (third series) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (The Athena)

Tomas Alfredson has made a less interesting film than Låt den rätte komma in, largely because there’s not much to look at, the shooting serves the talk in Tinker. Unlike Låt den rätte komma in, Tinker sublimates childhood into a grown up spy story that’s really a little boy’s fantasy of the cold war or an adolescent allegory of acting. The film deliberately displays its cast of mostly middle aged  white men at the same pace as Zodiac, but offers a solution to its mystery at narratives end, depriving the endlessness of any payoff. Graffiti reading “the future is female” in the mise-en-scene and a bit of closeted homosexuality doesn’t make up for, or even ironize the clubby vibe.

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