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L'affaire Farewell (2009)

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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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Director: Jean-François Delassus
Stars: Tomasz Bialkowski, Mikhail Gorbachev, François Mitterrand
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Grigoriev
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Jessica
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Natasha
Philippe Magnan ...
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Choukhov (as Oleksii Gorbunov)
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Alina
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Vallier
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Hutton
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Marc Berman ...
Jacques
Christian Carion ...
Favier
Evgeniy Kharlanov ...
Igor (as Yevgeni Kharlanov)
Lauriane Riquet ...
Ophelie
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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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23 September 2009 (France)  »

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€17,500,000 (estimated)
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"The Farewell Dossier" is so called, and defined by the Wikipedia website, as being "the collection of documents that Colonel Vladimir Vetrov, a KGB defector 'en place' (code-named 'Farewell'), gathered and gave to the French DST in 1981-82, during the Cold War." See more »

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There is a poster of the movie "We are from the Jazz" on the theater window. This movie came out two years later - in 1983. See more »

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A Mind-Boggling True Story!
5 September 2010 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

This is a very empowering, true-story about one man, Sergei Gregoriev, who probably did more to bring down the Communist government in Russia

  • and end the cold war - than any other person who ever lived! This man


should be honored by a postage stamp in every Western country in the world and in every high school history textbook! What an incredibly brave human being!

I gained a lot of insights from watching this amazing film. The Russians lost an estimated 26 million people during World War 2. That's 1 in 3 people that died in all of World War 2 did so within the borders of the Soviet Union! I can only imagine the trauma and paranoia that was inflicted on the survivors who later then came to power. It didn't help either that a monster was at the head of government (Stalin) from 1924 to 1953. And, you wonder why the Soviets had a such a mind-boggling intelligence apparatus established throughout the United States? Once this network of spies was dismantled, the Soviet leadership was blind! Out of fear they bankrupted themselves on military spending because they could no longer accurately assess what actual threats the United States posed to them!

Sergei Gregoriev, knew how his government would react to such a threat and he sacrificed everything to make it happen. I don't think he would be happy with the gangster capitalism that took Communism's place. But at least there are no more brutal wars fought in desperately poor countries, which have cost millions of lives because of the Cold War! Future generations will thank you for your sacrifice, Sergei Gregoriev!


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