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Farewell (2009)

L'affaire Farewell (original title)
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The French intelligence service alerts the U.S. about a Soviet spy operation during the height of the Cold War, which sets off an unfortunate chain of events.

Director:

Christian Carion

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillaume Canet ... Pierre
Emir Kusturica ... Grigoriev
Alexandra Maria Lara ... Jessica
Ingeborga Dapkunaite ... Natasha
Philippe Magnan Philippe Magnan ... Mitterrand
Aleksey Gorbunov ... Choukhov (as Oleksii Gorbunov)
Dina Korzun ... Alina
Niels Arestrup ... Vallier
David Soul ... Hutton
Fred Ward ... Reagan
Willem Dafoe ... Feeney
Marc Berman Marc Berman ... Jacques
Christian Carion Christian Carion ... Favier
Evgeniy Kharlanov Evgeniy Kharlanov ... Igor (as Yevgeni Kharlanov)
Lauriane Riquet Lauriane Riquet ... Ophelie
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Storyline

In 1985, Sergei Gregoriev, a Soviet colonel, wants to force his nation to reform, so he leaks secret information to the West. He picks an unlikely contact, a Pierre Froment, French nebbish in the diplomatic corps. Gregoriev keeps a lot of balls in the air - a marriage, a teen son he's trying to bond with, a mistress who's a colleague at work; his tradecraft is equally reckless. Meanwhile, Froment keeps his spy work secret from his German wife, and Mitterrand uses Gregoriev's information to make France indispensable to Reagan and his government. When Gregoriev leaks a list of key Soviet moles and spies, Gorbachev is left without secret intelligence. Will Gregoriev get what he wants? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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spy | french | cold war | france | aids | See All (14) »

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From the Academy Award-nominated filmmaker of "Joyeux Noel" See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Russian

Release Date:

23 September 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Farewell See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Budget:

€17,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)| Color (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alexander Avdeev (Russian ambassador in France who became Russian Culture Minister and who had been expelled from France in 1983 because of Farewell) blocked most Russian actors to play in this movie, including Sergey Makovetskiy and Nikita Mikhalkov, because he did not want to back a movie about a Russian traitor. He also blocked authorizations to film in Moscow, while most of the plot takes place in Moscow. Christian Carion had to pretend to film a Coca Cola advertisement for the few images of the city. See more »

Goofs

In the Soviet Union, motorists would typically keep their windscreen wipers in their glove compartments for fear of having them stolen, as they were hard to come by. Yet in the movie, every single car has its wipers attached. See more »

Connections

Featured in En bonne intelligence (2010) See more »

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La mélancolie
Performed by Léo Ferré
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Mostly unknown piece of history in the west
14 July 2012 | by blperocSee all my reviews

Totally enjoyed this movie and it was a piece of history I did not know about. If you like the movie and want to know more I would highly recommend that you read the book. The names are changed in the movie.

I'm reading the book now and I'm about 80% done.

If you remember the events with Reagan and Gorbachev and the discussion around SDI, this movie and book will fill in some blanks as to why the conversation and decisions were possible on both sides.

This is the story of a man who deperately wanted to be important and was determined to make his impact on the world in one way or another.

This is my 10th line of text (kind of a dumb IMDb rule).


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