Synopsis by Mark Deming
A spy unwittingly puts himself and his family in danger as he tries to reconnect with the child he left behind in this independent drama from director Garrett Bennett. In the early 1980s, Thomas Sparrow (David Rasche) was an operative with the CIA whose work often kept him away from his wife and young daughter. During a secret money-drop operation in Germany, things went awry and Sparrow was seriously hurt while the cash went missing. When Sparrow returned home, he learned his wife had been having an affair with another man, leading to an ugly altercation that terrified his daughter Josephine. Sparrow's wife banished him from the house, and with a new assignment, he literally disappeared from the lives of his wife and child. Twenty-five years later, Sparrow has retired from intelligence, and he travels to Seattle where Josephine (Elisabeth Rohm), now in her mid-thirties, is living. Observing his daughter from a distance, Sparrow sees that growing up without a father had taken a toll on her; she's a single mother with a drinking problem who is clearly unhappy with her life, and Sparrow tries to reintegrate himself into her life and help repair the damage he's done. But Sparrow's years with the CIA still follow him, and he's become the target of Russian mobsters who are convinced he knows where the fortune he lost years ago can be found. Also starring Eric Roberts, The Spy and the Sparrow received its world premiere at the 2009 Seattle International Film Festival.
father, home, spy