Season 1
Based on the bestselling spy novel by William Boyd, this BBC drama is a tale of passion, duplicity, and betrayal. Ruth Gilmartin (Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey) is stunned to learn that her mother, Sally (Charlotte Rampling, Broadchurch), has been living a double life.
Charlotte RamplingRufus SewellMichelle Dockery
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English [CC]
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  1. 1. Restless Ep. 1
    December 6, 2012
    1 h 28 min
    English [CC]
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    On a visit to her mother’s isolated home in 1978, Ruth Gilmartin learns that her mother, Sally, has been living a lie. She’s really a Russian and a former spy.
  2. 2. Restless, Pt. 2
    November 8, 2015
    1 h 29 min
    English [CC]
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    During wartime, Eva is sent to America on a mission of seduction and deceit. She survives an attempt on her life, but other members of her team aren’t so lucky.

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Edward Hall
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Hayley AtwellMichael Gambon
Hilary Bevan JonesPaul Frift
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AnyaReviewed in the United States on April 4, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Story Disconnected and Boring...Don't Waste Your Money!
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The Restless...Someone must have been very restless to write this saga. Gee, I don't think you could call this a story, was very disconnected and boring. The acting-mediocre. I realize Michele Dockery (from Downton Abbey) did not have a great role, but was expecting more from her. She seemed expressionless...very poorly done. Charlotte Rampling was the best of the lot, but surely not up to other roles in movies that I've seen. Lucas Romer recruited Eva Delectorskaya for a British Spy Agent in what appears to be a crash course.

Charlotte Rampling, AKA Eva Delectorskaya, who has blue eyes, was played by Haley Atwell who has brown eyes. I think surely casting director could do better than this!

Also, young Lucas Romer, played by Rufus Sewell and played by Michael Gambon in his older years really caught me by surprise. I sat there wondering who was Michael Gambon supposed to be. Finally realized it was an older Lucas Romer. They could have aged Rufus Sewell and it would have been better than Michael Gambon, who bore absolutely no resemblance to Lucas Romer, a huge blunder!

The ending was flat, left you wondering what would be next.

I purchased this because of many good reviews. I watched it because I paid money for it and will not be watching again. Don't waste your money on this one!!
18 people found this helpful
SherlockedReviewed in the United States on March 8, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful WWII Spy thriller
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I loved this movie. Very twisty intricate story. One thing that made this movie stand out was that the three prominent leads were women--and they were great. Charlotte Rampling and Michelle Dockery were wonderful as usual and Hayley Atwell was amazing. The movie alternates between the present and the past--my favorite way to tell a story. I love espionage stories--especially during WWII and this one satisfies. The movie kept me on the edge of my chair--trying to put the pieces together and suspecting everyone in turn for "not being who they were supposed to be". Very nicely done.
28 people found this helpful
ESSReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Show!
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I read the book, and knew that I would want to see the movie. Was not disappointed at all! I thought the acting was uniformly excellent, especially Hayley Atwell. The intriguing plot was well-presented, with the different timeframes quite accurate historically, at least as far as I was able to judge. Had previously seen the movie on tv, and wanted the dvd so that I could watch it again. A good price, too.
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Vicki Moore, M.M.Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I am Restless for the Follow-Through of this Great Show!
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Wow! This is a fantastic show that I highly recommend! I hope that they will do a follow-up. We go into the background of how the first British Intelligence service agents were trained during WWII. Our heroine has many adventures as an agent and then ends up running for her life. The story takes us between past and the 1960's as the daughter of our protagonist becomes involved (Downton Abbey viewers will be pleased!) I really enjoy watching this DVD frequently; when I don't know what to watch, I slip it into the player and enjoy it, even though I have watched it several times. I must admit, this may be more interesting to female viewers than males. But they may be engaged as well! Good job, again, BBC!
26 people found this helpful
Hande ZReviewed in the United States on March 11, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Saved by the actors
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A slow, intriguing WWII movie about what the English seem to do best in that era - spy on their country for Germany, and later, for Russia. A very British film with a superb cast and some excellent performances.
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Bruce MillerReviewed in the United States on June 7, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great story !
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Great story ! I viewed it on the big screen and was able to find a DVD copy through amazon. A haunting tale of intrigue as the retrospective life of a British spy is examined as the result of a perceived plot against her. Acting is superb and the authenticity of the circumstances seems to be recreated as they might have occurred. It was a very entertaining movie, I admit that I did have to watch it a second time to understand the intricate details of the story, but it was enjoyable on both occasions.
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ch&ccReviewed in the United States on May 10, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Like Spy Movies? Then "Restless" is for you!
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No doubt, the British know how to do superb spy movies! If you're a fan of BBC spy movies, then you will definitely enjoy the movie "Restless". Without giving away the plot, the story develops in two parts involving a juxtaposition of present and past time frames which are accomplished with high fluidity. I can recommend this film for anyone captivated by WWII spy thrillers.
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Audrey KCReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great story!
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What would you do if your mother told you she was not who you thought she was? Suddenly, the world is filled with shadows and spies as a mother finally tells her grown daughter that she worked as a spy leading up to WW II. Thrills and chills in this gripping story!
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