Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"Well-acted but plodding..."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"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."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Authentic tension and characters make for a refreshingly humanistic take on spies and espionage."
‑ Blake Griffin, We Got This Covered
"Directed by Christian Caron, Farewell is full of great cinematic moments..."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"Fascinating little-known spy story."
‑ Victoria Alexander, FilmsInReview.com
"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..."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Carion might have found a more artful way to dramatize the case's geopolitical impact, but this is still pretty interesting stuff."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"This witty and gripping thriller is really worth a look."
‑ Roz Laws, Birmingham Post
"An intriguingly low-key Cold War thriller."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"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."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"This cool, understated French thriller might just become one of the best film-based excuses to escape the swelter of summer."
‑ David Hines, Dallas Morning News
"Carion's film admirably resists overselling the material: it's an adult espionage film, with no comic-book theatrics. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"... a history lesson that's occasionally monotone, but has moments of narrative depth and color."
‑ Norm Schrager, Filmcritic.com
"It is a richly intriguing tale about high intrigue, though at times a trifle uncertain..."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
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