Terry Hunter reviews THE MOLE AGENT

The best new film I’ve found recently is THE MOLE AGENT, an extraordinary documentary that feels very much like a fiction film. The main character is an 83 year old man who is hired to go undercover in a nursing home to find out if one of its elderly residents is being mistreated. Sergio Chami, a recent widower, has to be trained to use a smart phone, but he’s a sympathetic, instantly likable person who knows how to listen. He soon learns that many of the women have serious memory problems. And that nearly all of them are lonely, missing their adult children who rarely if ever come to visit. The film captures what life in a nursing home is really like. Not just the boredom and loneliness of the women but also their small pleasures like getting their hair done and going to parties created by the staff. Director Maite Alberdi says that after people see this bittersweet movie, she hopes they’ll take the time to call their aging parents and grandparents. (in Spanish with English subtitles on Amazon, YouTube, Vudu, Google Play)

Terry Hunter reviews THE MOLE AGENT