FAREWELL (L’Affaire Farewell) DVD Review
Ever since I shared the trailer and photos for FAREWELL (L’Affaire Farewell), I have been looking to finally see the film. And so I was of course very excited when I got the chance to get my hands on the DVD.
Farewell is directed by Christian Carion and based on the true story of a KGB colonel, Sergei Gregoriev (Emir Kusturica) who disenchanted with what the Communist ideal has become under Leonid Brezhnev, gives top-secret documents to a French businessman, Pierre Froment (Guillaume Canet) working in Russia. While Gregoriev doesn’t want any money for the information he provides, he hopes for a new Russia, especially for his son.
Because it is based on a true story, Farewell is definitely more realistic in its tone than other spy films in the vein of The Bourne Identity. There are no big explosions or chases throughout the city. However that is not to say it doesn’t have some pretty intense moments.
The movie is a bit slow to start, but by the end of it, I was on the edge of my seat. I think the most fascinating part of the story is that Pierre is not a spy, but gets involved in this whole operation, without any idea how it will all end. He is a great character for the audience to relate to, while Gregoriev is also a character that you can sympathize with.
Emir Kusturica and Guillaume Canet make for an incredible team on screen and they are reason enough to tune because they both give quite a stunning performance. I also enjoyed the fact that actors are from all over, which means you get a mix of dialogue in French, Russian and English, which always feels authentic.
It’s also important to not that the rest of the cast also includes Alexandra Maria Lara, Ingeborda Dapkunaite, Diane Kruger, Willem Dafoe, Fred Ward and David Soul.
Overall, Farewell was a really great, realistic spy movie, and if that’s the type of movie you enjoy, then you should definitely get your hands on it.
Farewell is now available on DVD and Blu-ray, unfortunately I can tell you there aren’t any special features to be excited about. The DVD features the US trailer, a photo slideshow and some previews for other movies. I wish there had been a making of featurette, but oh well.
You can also find Farewell is tons of other places including Amazon, Blockbuster, iTunes, Sonic, Sony, Verizon and Video-on-Demand.