John Le Carre is known for real, gritty spy fiction that captures the human drama of spies and counterspies in realistic ways. This movie, based on the bestselling book, starts with a burnt-out British agent who refuses to take a desk job. His refusal to come in from the cold launches him into the most dangerous assignment of his career, stalking an East German agent.
This really is a breathtaking adventure full of crosses and double crosses and plenty of intrigue. It is realistic because le Carre spent years inside the British secret service, but is told in a way that only true masters of writing can tell. Le Carre is an absolute artist, and his work an enduring classic.