|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Emir Kusturica, Guillaume Canet, Guillaume Canet, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Dina Korzun, Philippe Magnan, Niels Arestrup, Diane Kruger, Willem Dafoe, Fred Ward, David Soul|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
|Original title||L'affaire Farewell|
|Run time:||1 hour 53 minutes|
|Rental release:||29 Aug 2011|
|Main languages:||English, Russian, French|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Starring Guillaume Canet, this French thriller is set in Soviet Russia and examines the domestic lives of spies.
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A complex, very human Cold War spy filmBy marty56 (2 reviews) , 04 May 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]The Americans could never have made this film. It portays a world where there are no good guys and no bad guys, where things are not straightforward, and there is no clear good and evil.
At last a really intelligent, complex Cold War spy film, focusing on an idealistic Soviet spymaster and a naive French ex-pat living in Moscow. Why people behave the way they do is complicated and that's what makes this film fascinating. Needless to say the production values are excellent and the acting throughout sensitive and convincing.
The fact that it is based on a true story, and that the Russian Culture Ministry refused permission for filming to take place in Moscow only serve to spice things up even more. The director, Christian Carion, had to pretend to be filming a commercial to be able to get any shots in the Russian capital at all.
More than anything, this film reminded me of the complex shaded world of John le Carré at his very best.
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Hit film - Cold warBy Concreteman (8 reviews) , 19 Nov 2013This movie caught us by surprise, it look to be good but it was better than that. An excellent cold war thriller well acted and because it was based on fact had that something 'extra'.
Good performancesBy a customer , 05 Sep 2013Emir Kusturica is great in the lead role of this low-key Cold War spy thriller, and Ingeborga Dapkunaite smoulders as his wife. Otherwise this is a fairly routine film, with very few twists and turns in the plot, relying on characters rather than events to propel the narrative forward. I enjoyed it, certainly, but would not feel the urge to go out of my way to watch it again.
A Good WatchBy a customer , 26 Aug 2013This works best in the scenes set behind the Iron Curtain. There's a sense of real danger and includes lovely human touches of characters snatching moments of enjoyment; be it simply feeling the sun on their skin or listening to illicit western music. Where it goes wrong is in the American political scenes (almost comically bad) and this information could've been delivered to the audience in a different way. An enjoyable film nonetheless.
best film i've seen in a whileBy a customer , 31 May 2013An excellent film! I have no idea how it ended up on my list but I'm glad it did. Good dialog, good casting, convincing set dressing and an excellent, immersive score all add to the story. My wife was watching all the way to the end - she usually falls asleep with subtitled and/or serious films - so it must be good!
The Cold War comes aliveBy Giantphilip (9 reviews) from West Sussex , 04 Mar 2013I was around during the Cold War. The film felt almost real, and came over as so very believable and amazingly authentic. The sets and atmosphere were tremendous, and we were rivetted to the very end. One of the very best ColdWar/spy films of the genre - no doubt.