Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow

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Bolshoi ballerina Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) is recruited to a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon.

When an injury ends her career, she has nowhere else to turn for support but her uncle (Matthias Schoenaerts), a dark-suited government executive who sends her to ‘sparrow school.’ Sparrows are trained courtesans and government operatives whose job is to use sex to elicit secrets. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.

Schoenaerts actually starts to look like Putin on a good day, and Jeremy Irons brings an old-style Stalinist flare to his military man in sunglasses. Lawrence nails the emotional conflict and physicality of the ballet dancer turned spy in this Cold War thriller, which also stars Charlotte Rampling, Ciarán Hinds, Joely Richardson and Joel Edgerton.