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Farewell

Year: 2009
Production Co: Nord-Ouest Productions
Director: Christian Carion
Writer: Christian Carion/Eric Raynaud
Cast: Guillaume Canet, Emir Kusturica, Willem Dafoe, Fred Ward

Watching this film I kept reminding myself that the truth might have been far less dramatic. I've since heard the actual people and events involved were even less like they were depicted, but it doesn’t make the film any less enjoyable.

It's 1980s Russia and we meet a French engineer and the Russian diplomat he's passing top secret documents to in order to execute his single handed plan to bring about the downfall of the Soviet Union.

After a false start and some trust issues the two men make friends despite the incredible pressures on them. It can only end in tears and as the hero himself says, he's trying to bring about a world he knows he won't live to see.

It starts a little slow and for awhile you'll wonder who's got to with what, but that's only because of the absence of any big stars. By the time it was over I'd really warmed to these two men and cared what happened to them. What could have been a heart-pumping action thriller from Tony Scott is instead about the characters and with some good period detail they make for a great film.

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