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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.

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Christian Carion

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Director: Jean-François Delassus
Stars: Tomasz Bialkowski, Mikhail Gorbachev, François Mitterrand
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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 ... 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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Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

Moscow 1981. An act of treason that changed the world. See more »


Certificate:

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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Box Office

Budget:

EUR17,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,507,315
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Technical Specs

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

Actor Fred Ward, portraying American President Ronald Reagan in this French film, previously portrayed Henry Miller in the 1931 Paris, France set movie Henry & June (1990). See more »

Goofs

In a scene identified as taking place in April 1981, Grigoriev's son listens to the Queen/David Bowie song "Under Pressure." The song was not recorded until July 1981, released in October 1981. See more »

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Featured in En bonne intelligence (2010) See more »

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We Will Rock You
Written by Brian May
Performed by Queen
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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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