Spy Games (1999)

ILKKA JARVI-LATURI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Original title:  History Is Made At Night

United Kingdom/France/Germany/Finland, 1999.  Scala Productions, IMA Productions, Smile Entertainment, Helkon Media, Upstream Pictures.  Story by , , Screenplay by Patrick Amos.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Positively weird European spy comedy featuring  and  as intelligence operatives who are also lovers, their hot-and-cold relationship constantly getting in the way of doing their job well even in life-threatening situations. The film is completely unremarkable, but passes your time easily and has a charmingly diverting plot about the usual things this genre has to offer: stolen documents falling into enemy hands, red herring villains abounding everywhere, exotic locales (in this case, Northern Europe). Special ingredients include the oddest usage for a UPS code ever seen on film. European-made but filmed in English, this one was originally called History Is Made At Night when it traveled the film festival circuit.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1999

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