The Interpreter

Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman), a citizen of an African nation, works as an interpreter at the United Nations. During an emergency, the U.N. is evacuated. When Silvia returns after hours to pick up her belongings, she happens to overhear a plot to assassinate an African head of state. Tobin Keller (Sean Penn) is an F.B.I. agent assigned to investigate. Although Silvia is hunted by the would-be assassins, Agent Keller suspects she may somehow be involved in the conspiracy.

R. West

Plot hole: Toward the end of the movie, it is revealed that Silvia spent the night in the secure room where the Matabo President was taken after the assassination attempt so that she could be alone with him and threaten to kill him. With the U.N. and Secret Service on alert for an assassination attempt, wouldn't they have swept the secure room right before the Matabo President arrived that day? In addition, Silvia would have had to use her access card to get in that area of the building, so there would be a record of her being in the building but not at her station. Wouldn't that raise some suspicion long before Tobin figures it out?

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Nils Lud: Nils Lud. Dr Zuwanie's head of security. I thought since you were in a question-answering mood, I might ask one or two. Might I ask where you stand now politically, Miss Broome?
Silvia Broome: I'm for peace and quiet, Mr. Lud. It's why I came to the U.N. Quiet diplomacy.
Nils Lud: With respect, you only interpret.
Silvia Broome: Countries have gone to war because they've misinterpreted one another.

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Trivia: "The Interpreter" was almost banned from Zimbabwe because of the similarities between the Matoban regime of Dr. Zuwanie and that of Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe.

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Question: When Sylvia is reading through Simon's book, she writes down that Simon died, etc. Then she started to write "Sylvia". Why?

Jason Feng

Chosen answer: At this point, she has set her mind on killing the African leader and knows she'll likely be killed immediately afterwards (police, bodyguards, etc). She's writing her name in anticipation of her death.

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