Still, once things settle into place and you zero in on Oldman’s studied, subtle performance, the movie begins to take shape, and the mystery at the center of the whole thing starts to fall into place. You’ll still be confused, but at least some of it begins to make a little sense. This is where Alfredson’s Nordic roots really come in handy. He rarely sympathizes or takes sides with anyone onscreen. (Hell, if I didn’t know Smiley was the hero of other books, I would’ve counted him as the double agent.) Alfredson presents a matter-of-fact look at the spy business that’s heavy on dialogue and clandestine moves.