As a general rule of thumb, acclaimed directors from non-English speaking countries have found the transition to English speaking films to be difficult and laborious. Tomas Alfredson is an exception to that rule.
After receiving international acclaim for his moody vampire movie Let the Right One In, Swedish born Alfredson has assembled an all-star cast for his adaptation of John le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy an espionage thriller with emphasis on mood and character rather than action and sex.
Set during the Cold War, the film focuses on George Smiley (Gary Oldman) a semi-retired spy who is asked to investigate whether a Soviet agent has infiltrated MI6. Smiley finds himself navigating a murky labyrinth of treachery and danger in his path to the truth.
Co-starring Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt and a host of other premiere British talent, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has proven itself to be one of the best films of 2011 and showcases a director able to weave tightly woven suspense and character depth into an engrossing movie experience.
Thomas Alfredson spoke to Matt’s Movie Reviews about making Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, working with Gary Oldman and his career thus far.