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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."more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Christian Carion, Eric Raynaud
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 12, 2011
Box Office: $0.3M
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Emir Kusturica
as Grigoriev
Philippe Magnan
as François Mitterand
Fred Ward
as Ronald Reagan
David Soul
as Hutton
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Critic Reviews for Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (24)

Well-acted but plodding...

Full Review… | April 27, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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...

Full Review… | September 10, 2010
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Authentic tension and characters make for a refreshingly humanistic take on spies and espionage.

Full Review… | November 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

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.

Full Review… | June 5, 2011

Carion's film admirably resists overselling the material: it's an adult espionage film, with no comic-book theatrics. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | May 27, 2011
Groucho Reviews

Directed by Christian Caron, Farewell is full of great cinematic moments...

Full Review… | May 27, 2011
Birmingham Mail

Audience Reviews for Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)


Serguei Kostine's book 'Bonjour Farewell' serves as the source of the historical moments of one of the most important fractures in the Cold War in 1981 - the act of valor of Sergei Gregoriev - and the script for this very important and controversial film was written by Eric Reynaud and Christian Carion who also directed this stunning film (he is best remembered for his brilliant 'Joyeux Noël' which incidentally starred many of the actors in this film). It is a disturbing movie to watch, a film that was condemned by the Russian government, disallowing filming in Moscow - except for some undercover camera work for an apparent Coca-Cola commercial, and refusing to allow Russian actors to take part in the project. It reveals the brutality of the Communist regime of the time, a period Russia would prefer to remain occult

The story is somewhat convoluted, a fact that makes it even more revealing of the nature of espionage work at the time. Sergei Gregoriev (Emir Kusturica) passes secret documents to French spy Pierre Froment (Guillaume Canet) living in Moscow with his wife (Alexandra Maria Lara), documents so important that Froment must take extraordinary risks to pass them to the US Government. In the US President Reagan (Fred Ward) must balance the importance of these documents with the balance of relationships with the French government under François Mitterrand (Philippe Magnan) it is a tense struggle for power and at the crux of it is Froment and the ultimately captured Gregoriev who is tortured to reveal his French espionage contact. The rush to finish at the end of the film is breathtaking and heartbreaking. There is a conversation between Froment and the US Feeney (Willem Dafoe) that places the soul of the Cold War years in perspective.

Every aspect of this film is involving - the acting is first rate from everyone involved, the pacing is in the fashion edge of the seat direction, and the sharing of the innermost secrets of espionage is information we all should study. A reenactment of the Reagan/Gorbachev era as well defined as any film has dared to show us. Not only is this excellent filmmaking, but it is also information about a man's (Sergei Gregoriev) sacrifice that deserve honor. 4 1/2 stars 3-10-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Modern take on the cold war spy thriller genre. Works really thanks to the odd-ball couple of Emir Kusturica and Guillaume Canet, plus the director has penchant for writing sentimental stories about engineers. Apparently this true story is so sensitive that no Russians were allowed to perform and the film makers weren't allowed to film in Russia!

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

I guess, if you're into this sort of thing, it could be called a good movie. I don't have much to say about this one. It's...subtle? I was just proud that I recognized Emir Kusturica in something else at some point, and it was because of this film!

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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