Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) (2010)
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Average Rating: 6.9/10
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An espionage agent begins working against his own country for the good of the world in this drama based on a true story. Sergei Grigoriev (Emir Kusturica) is a Soviet intelligence operative who has become deeply disillusioned with life under Communism -- while he believes in the ideals the U.S.S.R. was founded upon, he feels they have been become hopelessly compromised by their current leadership, and that the old government must be brought down for the sake of future generations. With this in
Jul 23, 2010 Wide
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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.
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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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