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  • Summary: In 1981, Colonel Grigoriev of the KGB (real name - Vladimir Vetrov), disenchanted with what the Communist ideal has become under Brezhnev, decides he is going to change the world. Discreetly, he makes contact with a French engineer working for Thomson in Moscow and little by little passes onIn 1981, Colonel Grigoriev of the KGB (real name - Vladimir Vetrov), disenchanted with what the Communist ideal has become under Brezhnev, decides he is going to change the world. Discreetly, he makes contact with a French engineer working for Thomson in Moscow and little by little passes on documents to him - mainly concerning the United States - containing information which would constitute the most important Cold War espionage operation known to date. (NeoClassics Film) Expand
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  1. 100
    The movie is stunningly intelligent; the concluding passages, in which the game abruptly ends for both men, are frightening and, finally, very moving.
  2. This is a game of numbers, not personalities, and a shrewd man wants the bigger numbers on his side when historians pick up their pens.
  3. Director Christian Carion (Merry Christmas) establishes a low-key yet threatening atmosphere right from the start, and gets terrific performances from Kusturica and Canet.
  4. More than most espionage movies, the film is about relationships, the men with each other, the men with their own disapproving wives, and governments with each other. Everyone courts someone.
  5. While the film is too convoluted to stir boxoffice excitement, it offers some rewards for sophisticated moviegoers
  6. 70
    Carion might have found a more artful way to dramatize the case's geopolitical impact, but this is still pretty interesting stuff.
  7. Their mundane meetings underscore how easily secrets are leaked, but unfortunately, scenes of meetings between Presidents Reagan (Fred Ward) and Mitterrand seem hollow and naive. Kusturica and Canet are strong, though, as is Willem Dafoe as an American intel officer.

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  1. Mar 27, 2012
    8
    En voyant ce film, je pense que certains buteront aussitôt sur la lenteur de ce film, impression causée notammentEn voyant ce film, je pense que certains buteront aussitôt sur la lenteur de ce film, impression causée notamment pas un manque flagrant de mise en scène marquante. De plus, il est étonnant de voir un quelconque humour qui semble s'être infiltré dans les passages politiques (séquences avec les présidents américain et français). Mais malgré cela, L'Affaire Farewell reste un bon film. D'une part grâce à son casting, de bonne facture (surtout de la part d'Emir Kusturica), à son scénario qui s'intéresse bien plus au parallèle entre les actions de ces deux hommes et de leur vie de famille, et à sa bande-son, qui apporte beaucoup de puissance à certaines scènes alors que les musiques sont pourtant calmes et douces. Bref, L'Affaire Farewell est l'un de ces films qui se laissent regarder avec beaucoup de plaisir. Expand

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