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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 mind, Grigoriev strikes up a friendship with Pierre Froment (Guillaume Canet), a French engineer who is living and working in Moscow and has no idea his new pal is a spy. Once Grigoriev has gained Froment's confidence, he begins passing classified documents along to Froment with the understanding that they will then be forwarded to French intelligence. It soon becomes clear that what Grigoriev has to share are American state secrets and classified scientific documents confirming the KGB has been digging deep into U.S. security; when the CIA finds out just how much the Russians know, it sparks an international incident and fierce reprisals against the U.S.S.R. Directed by Christian Carion, L'AFFAIRE FAREWELL (aka FAREWELL) was based on the true story of KGB agent Vladimir Vetrov; the film also stars Fred Ward, Willem Dafoe, and David Soul.
Emir Kusturica, Guillaume Canet, Alexandra, Maria Lara, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Oleksii Gorbunov, Dina Korzun, Philippe Magnan
5 stars out of 5 -- "[This] twisty thriller sports a smart sophistication along with an amazing story that's all the more remarkable for its relative anonymity in history books."
Los Angeles Times
"Canet and Kusturica both give engaging performances..."
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he film benefits from a variety of fine supporting turns from and excellent international cast....Superlative cinematography from Walther van den Ende and another memorable Clint Mansell score cap the effort off with impressive aplomb."
"Based on true, surprisingly little-known events that hastened the downfall of the Soviet Union, Christian Carion's espionage drama, FAREWELL is a refreshing reminder in the age of the Bourne movies that spies are real people leading everyday lives."
New York Times
"As FAREWELL rounds to the finish, Carion offers a simple and economical climactic sequence that's suspenseful because it isn't excessively drawn out or overblown."
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "You'll notice that the two main characters are played by film directors, and director Carion has a good time playing in the territories where the movies and life intersect..."
"[Kusturica] gives a terrific portrayal of a man living inside his head and his history..."
Wall Street Journal
"[A] smart, low-key, melancholy dramatization based on a little-known real moment in espionage, circa 1981..." -- Grade: B+
"Fusing docudrama with the classic spy thriller and an array of 1980s television footage and music tracks, director Christian Carion vividly captures the flavour of the era..."
Sight and Sound
4 stars out of 5 -- "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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