L’affaire Farewell

Written and directed by Christian Carion (Joyeux Noël), Farewell is set in Moscow 1981, at the apex of Cold war tensions between the USSR and the West. The film is made in the vein of The Lives Of Others but also has a brooding foreboding in its narrative. You are not immediately drawn to the plight of French expat Pierre (Guillaume Canet) but instead become immersed in Emir Kusturicas performance, characterised in his control of the role of disaffected Soviet renegade Sergio. This is an admirable performance; displaying the portrayal of this political matyr in a resplendent manner. I felt that the minor supporting role of CIA agent Feeney was dismal and grossly underdeveloped; as was Willem Dafoes execution of the role. However,  it is the brilliant acting by Kusturica (prominent director and musician himself) that anchors the film in its detached and ominous atmosphere. Well worth a watch.


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