Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) (2010)
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Engaging, emotional and riveting, "Farewell" is an intricate and highly intelligent thriller pulled from the pages of history -- about an ordinary man thrust into the biggest theft of Soviet information of the Cold War. Ronald Reagan called this piece of history -- largely unknown until now, "one of the most important espionage cases of the 20th century."
Jul 23, 2010 Wide
Apr 12, 2011
Neoclassic Films - Official Site
Alexandra Maria Lara
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The movie earns its tension and suspense the old-fashioned way: By making you care about its characters, who live in a recognizably real world...
In the high-noon finale, the personal and the political have an effectively tense showdown, with the double-crosses and getaways we expect from a good espionage flick.
A smart and suspenseful thriller, but one that's grounded in the reality of the world we all live in -- whether we're spies or engineers.
Carion might have found a more artful way to dramatize the case's geopolitical impact, but this is still pretty interesting stuff.
This cool, understated French thriller might just become one of the best film-based excuses to escape the swelter of summer.
Authentic tension and characters make for a refreshingly humanistic take on spies and espionage.
Keeping the story focused on the personal sacrifices of the two men involved [is] a smart strategy because it makes their secret correspondence even more fraught with danger.
Carion's film admirably resists overselling the material: it's an adult espionage film, with no comic-book theatrics. [Blu-ray]
Directed by Christian Caron, Farewell is full of great cinematic moments...
... a history lesson that's occasionally monotone, but has moments of narrative depth and color.
It is a richly intriguing tale about high intrigue, though at times a trifle uncertain...
The story of friendship and sacrifice is told in an unfussy, old-fashioned manner but director Christian Carion creates some tense moments and secures game performances...
This is a satisfyingly sober thriller, almost melancholy in tone - and as morally complex as a John Le Carré novel.
It's a compelling story of how one disillusioned idealist helped change the world - and all for a Sony Walkman and some Queen cassettes!
The tale of a truly fascinating but little-known espionage operation is told with panache and a dynamic central pairing.
Makes for a more original thriller than most, with the saving graces of irony and humour.
Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a fascinating and gripping story that packs a powerful emotional punch, thanks to a pair of terrific central performances from Guillaume Canet and Emir Kusturica.
Slightly underpowered as an espionage thriller, this is nonetheless a fascinating story told with real panache.
Carion delivers a tight, tense and tragic package of the personal and political entwined, with Kusturica's huge presence at its soul.
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