RED JOAN (12A)

Bangor Mail - - The Film Review -

★★★★★

IN­SPIRED by the true story of Melita Nor­wood, a sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian dubbed the “granny spy” when she was pub­licly outed as a KGB source in 1999, direc­tor Trevor Nunn’s tan­gled tale of wartime es­pi­onage ra­tions sub­stance over style.

Dame Judi Dench, above, and So­phie Cook­son share the ti­tle role, in­vest­ing re­spec­tive in­car­na­tions of a morally con­flicted hero­ine with steely re­solve as her act of trea­son, shar­ing sci­en­tific data with the USSR dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, re­ver­ber­ates across time.

Ten­sion dis­si­pates as the frac­tured nar­ra­tive fix­ates on an un­der­pow­ered love tri­an­gle that op­er­ates as a broad metaphor for the ide­o­log­i­cal tug of war be­tween east and west.

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