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L'affaire Farewell ()


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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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Pierre
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Grigoriev
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Jessica
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Natasha
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Mitterrand
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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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Reagan
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Feeney
Marc Berman ...
Jacques
Christian Carion ...
Favier
Evgeniy Kharlanov ...
Igor (as Yevgeni Kharlanov)
Lauriane Riquet ...
Ophelie
Timothé Riquet ...
Damien (as Timothe Riquet)
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Gorbachev (as Vsevolod Shilovsky)
Vladimir Tolstoy ...
Chef du KGB (as Vladimir Tolsty)
Pierre-Alexis Kabakhidze ...
Chef de cabinet
Irina Augshkap ...
Olga
Valentin Varetskiy ...
Miaskowski (as Valentin Varetsky)
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Homme violent Lefortovo
Grigori Manoukov ...
Homme Lefortovo 1
Mihail Bilalov ...
Homme Lefortovo 2 (as Michel Bilalov)
Laure Irrmann ...
Interprète français
Tony Vanaria ...
Interprète américain
Eddie Crew ...
Homme Maison Blanche
Jussi Ziegler ...
Policier allemand
Kari Rakkola ...
Agent fédéral allemand 2
Riko Eklundh ...
Agent du FBI 1
Mats Långbacka ...
Agent du FBI 2 (as Mats Langbacka)
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Agent du FBI 3
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Femme jogging (as Diane Krüger)
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Chimiste écossais
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Agent fédéral allemand 1
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Agent écossais 1
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Ingénieur allemand
Igor Panich ...
Traducteur russe
Sergiy Motouzka ...
Représentant russe
Anton Yakovlev ...
Agent de sécurité du KGB
Igor Nazarov ...
Milicien passage 1
Bogdan Doroschenko ...
Milicien passage 2
Andrey Diminski ...
Milicien passage 3
Vladimir Gusev ...
Agent KGB passage
Svetlana Kuzmina ...
Femme passage
Konstantin Glushkov ...
Vendeur de journaux
Maksim Pinsker ...
Milicien parc 1
Viktor Drevitsky ...
Milicien alcoolisé (as Viktor Drevitski)
Jevgeni Haukka ...
Capitaine milice résidence
Ruslan Susi ...
Milicien résidence
Andrei Tsumak ...
Milicien frontière
Alexey Vasiltchenko ...
Douanier russe
Claes Olsson ...
Douanier finlandais
Christian Alzieu ...
Homme de la CIA base OTAN
Philippe Canet ...
Pére de Pierre
Susan Moncur ...
Madame Hutton
Mickey Dedaj ...
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Conseillère de Reagan
Paul Duborper ...
Igor 3 ans
Johanne Humblet ...
Fil de feriste (as Johanna Humblat)
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David Clark ...
Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
Erick King ...
Jeep driver (uncredited)
Heikki Kivijärvi ...
Russian Soldier (uncredited)
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Finnish border guard (uncredited)
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Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Themselves (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Janne-Perttu Rantonen ...
Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Tero Saikkonen ...
Russian soldier (uncredited)

Directed by

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Christian Carion

Written by

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Christian Carion ... (writer)
 
Serguei Kostine ... (book "Bonjour Farewell")
 
Eric Raynaud ... (written by)

Produced by

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Philip Boëffard ... producer (as Philippe Boeffard)
Gabrielle Dumon ... assistant producer
Bertrand Faivre ... producer
Stéphane Riga ... line producer
Christophe Rossignon ... producer

Music by

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Clint Mansell

Cinematography by

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Walther van den Ende

Film Editing by

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Andrea Sedlácková

Editorial Department

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Xavier Desjours ... dailies color grader
Richard Deusy ... colorist
Christophe Lucotte ... color timer
Judith Rivière Kawa ... first assistant editor

Casting By

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Gigi Akoka
Susie Figgis

Production Design by

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Jean-Michel Simonet

Set Decoration by

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Sébastien Monteux-Halleur

Costume Design by

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Corinne Jorry

Makeup Department

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Mabi Anzalone ... key makeup artist
Frédéric Balmer ... assistant makeup artist
Katya Boksha ... assistant makeup artist
Emma Chicotot ... makeup artist (as Chicotot Emma)
Dominique Colladant ... special makeup effects artist
Julia Floch-Carbonel ... makeup artist
Fabrice Herbet ... special makeup effects artist
Catherine Jabes ... hair stylist: France
Gérald Portenart ... key hair stylist
Olivier Seyfrid ... hair stylist
Salla Yli-Luopa ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Julien Azoulay ... post-production supervisor
Grégory Bernard ... additional unit manager
Maxime Bouyer ... assistant unit manager
Thierry Cretagne ... unit manager
Franck Cudelou ... assistant production manager
Eric Duriez ... post-production manager
Guillaume Hanoun ... assistant production manager
Nicolas Ploux ... assistant production manager
Tero Tamminen ... assistant production manager
Charles Tharaux ... assistant unit manager
Evgeniya Vilshanskaya ... director of production: Russia (as Yevgeniya Vilshanskaya)
Janne Wrigstedt ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Christian Alzieu ... second assistant director
Daniel Kuitunen ... third assistant director
Iris Olsson ... assistant director
Alice Pic ... third assistant director
Dennis Sonin ... first assistant director
Thierry Verrier ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Pauline Berger ... sculptor
Lionel Brison ... painter: patina
Francis Guibet ... first assistant art director
Hessu Tönkyrä ... carpenter
Guillaume Watrinet ... property master

Sound Department

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Philippe Amouroux ... foley recordist
Yohann Bernard ... dialogue editor
Guillaume D'Ham ... sound editor
Jean De Sagey ... re-recording mixer
Thomas Desjonquères ... supervising sound editor
Jeremy Emery ... sound trainee
Florent Lavallée ... re-recording mixer
Stephane Lioret ... boom operator
Pierre Mertens ... sound recordist
Maxime Saleix ... sound mix technician

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Yoann Copinet ... vfx editor
Fabien Coupez ... flame compositor
Vincent Frei ... end titles
Sebastien Gombeaud-Saintonge ... flame artist: Mac Guff Ligne Paris
Aurélien Grand ... retouch and restoration
Romain Leclerc ... flame artist
Gaston Marcotti ... digital artist
Stephanie Saillard ... digital compositor: Mac Guff
Patrick Siboni ... flame artist
Martial Vallanchon ... visual effects supervisor

Stunts

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Carole Vérité ... stunt performer
Daniel Vérité ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Victor Abadia ... electrician
Stéphane Afchain ... additional grip
Loïc Andrieu ... camera operator: "b" camera / steadicam operator
Lucie Colombié ... second assistant camera
Patrick Dehalu ... first assistant camera
David Dessites ... making of documentary director
Antonin Drigeard ... electrician
Jean-François Drigeard ... rigger gaffer
Koen Firlefijn ... key grip
Didier Frateur ... first assistant camera
Valentyn Gryb ... video assist
Benoît Nguyen Lang ... grip
Cyril Lebre ... assistant camera: second unit
Jean-Claude Lother ... still photographer
Amandine Mahieu ... electrician
Julien Pamart ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
James Swanson ... aerial cinematographer
Kris Theuwis ... key grip
Jan Wachowski ... video assist (as Jan Wachowsky)

Casting Department

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Geneviève Acien ... casting assistant
Catherine Deserbais ... extras casting
Ophélie Gelber ... casting: children

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Catherine Boisgontier ... assistant costume designer
Nadia Cherouk ... costume supervisor
Caroline Condat ... wardrobe
Caroline de Tugny ... patina & tint
Séverine Demaret ... key costumer
Alison Forbes-Meyler ... costumes

Location Management

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Michèle Massé ... location scout

Music Department

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Jean-Pierre Arquié ... music supervisor (as Jean-Pierre Arquie)
Mark Berrow ... musician: violin
Matt Dunkley ... conductor
Geoff Foster ... score engineer & mixer
Bruce Fowler ... orchestrator
Marie Sabbah ... music supervisor

Script and Continuity Department

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Lydia Bigard ... script supervisor
Caroline Steff ... script assistant

Other crew

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Alexandre Chalanset ... production assistant
Sylvie Coen ... general counsel
Valérie Dompnier ... production assistant
Marielle Duigou ... development manager
Luc Poullain ... aerial coordinator
Ludivine Rossignon ... assistant accountant
Julien Sabourdin ... production accountant
Christophe Vandenborre ... production assistant
Julie Adams ... dialect coach (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Secrets have the power to change the course of history. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Farewell Affair (France)
  • Farewell (World-wide, English title)
  • The Farewell Affair (World-wide, English title)
  • El caso Farewell (Spain)
  • Прощальное дело (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 113 min
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Box Office

Budget EUR17,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Alexander Avdeev (Russian ambassador in France who became Russian Culture Minister and who had been expelled from France in 1983 because of Farewell) blocked most Russian actors to play in this movie, including Sergey Makovetskiy and Nikita Mikhalkov, because he did not want to back a movie about a Russian traitor. He also blocked authorizations to film in Moscow, while most of the plot takes place in Moscow. Christian Carion had to pretend to film a Coca Cola advertisement for the few images of the city. See more »
Goofs In the Soviet Union, motorists would typically keep their windscreen wipers in their glove compartments for fear of having them stolen, as they were hard to come by. Yet in the movie, every single car has its wipers attached. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in En bonne intelligence (2010). See more »
Soundtracks Awakening See more »

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