Saturday, 10 July 2010

Farewell (L'Affaire Farewell)

A French Engineer working in Moscow in 1981 becomes the novice go-between when a senior Soviet Intelligence Officer starts to provide intelligence information to the French Intelligence Service. The codename assigned to the Soviet Officer is 'Farewell'. So start events leading to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The events are presented in a low key fashion. I'm sure had Hollywood filmed the story it would have been noisy and action packed with car chases and the like. However this French film, which has the 'novel' device of the French speaking French, the Russians speaking Russian and the Americans speaking English, only occasionally utilises noise, violence or suspense.

The 'reveal' at the end provides the film's punch as the missing jigsaw pieces are identified.

Definitely worth a look.

1 comment:

  1. It's an amazing film! One of my favourites of all films I watched this year.