This thriller is shown in two time periods, in 1965 and again in 1997. Three young members of Mossad, the Israeli Intelligence Agency, namely Rachel, Stephan, and David, are given false identities and sent to East Berlin in 1965 to bring back to Israel a notorious Nazi war criminal named Vogel who performed medical experiments on Jews in World War II.
The young Rachel Singer is portrayed by Jessica Chastain. Rachel and David pose as a married couple who are anxious to have a child. Rachel visits Vogel’s gynecology clinic under the guise of seeking assistance to facilitate pregnancy. On one of her visits, Rachel injects Vogel with a sedative and calls for his nurse, stating that he has suffered a heart attack. Stephan and David show up as medical personnel and Vogel is spirited away in their ambulance. They bring Vogel to their apartment where he is handcuffed and bound and the three take turns watching him and feeding him.
Vogel manages to attack Rachel after secretly breaking his bonds, and leaves her with a permanently scarred face. He runs off and the trio are unable to recapture him. Stephan proposes a plan to the other two to tell their superiors that Vogel was shot and killed by Rachel as he attempted to flee the building.
The trio are regarded as heroes over the years for the dangerous work they undertook. We meet them once again in 1997 when Rachel (portrayed by Helen Mirren) is being honored by the publication of her daughter Sarah’s book about the escapades of the trio back in 1965. Sarah is the daughter of Rachel and Stephan (Tom Wilkinson) who married shortly after the events in 1965.
When David shows up, Rachel and Stephan are shocked at his appearance as they learn that he has regretfully carried their secret through the years to the detriment of his health. Shortly thereafter, they are grieved upon learning of his death, an apparent suicide.
Rachel and Stephan are forced to face their own demons because of their deceit thirty years ago which has brought them fame rather than infamy. Stephan is less concerned about the problem than Rachel. He has learned that the notorious Vogel is still alive and is a resident in an insane asylum in the Ukraine.
The events that occur from this point on will not be discussed here. Some of it is startling, some of it is justified. It is left to the reader here to decide whether the ending is to your liking.
I found this story to be filled with suspense, even terror, as told through the eyes of this wonderful cast, headed by Helen Mirren and Tom Wilkinson. It was well worth the time to be so deeply immersed in the intrigue of the tale.
The Debt (2010)