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Farewell, Mr. Haffmann

Farewell, Mr. Haffmann - a film by Fred Cavayé
Farewell, Mr. Haffmann - a film by Fred Cavayé
Farewell, Mr. Haffmann - a film by Fred Cavayé
Farewell, Mr. Haffmann - a film by Fred Cavayé
Farewell, Mr. Haffmann - a film by Fred Cavayé
Farewell, Mr. Haffmann - a film by Fred Cavayé
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Farewell, Mr. Haffmann - a film by Fred Cavayé
Finely nuanced and beautifully shot... Essential viewing for our time. It's not hard to extrapolate the film's lessons around the dangers of fascism to the biggest conflict Europe has seen since World War II - Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine.
Ben O'Shea
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
Beautifully evoked. Daniel Auteil gives a commanding performance.
David Stratton
THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
Excellent. Delves deeply into questions of conscience and character. The quality of the script is matched by the quality of the performances by Lellouche, Auteuil and Giraudeau.
A tense, pitch-perfect morality tale, superbly written and acted. If the premise is relatively straightforward, you may be assured that there’s a great deal more to it, none of which you should know going in. This is first-rate drama with considerable cumulative intensity – and a quorum of irony – and it’s unreservedly recommended.
Absorbing. An excellent wartime thriller that examines sobering questions of morality and character. The actors bring their complex characters to life superbly.
Quite wonderful cinema. The pace is gentle. The characters ring true, credible. The tension is never more than a breath away, never allowed to dominate the story nor to diminish.
Outstanding. Rich in moral and ethical complexity. To get the most from the film, don’t let anyone tell you how it turns out; rather, experience this masterpiece of dramatic cinema and its conclusion without preconceptions.
Gripping from start to finish. Historical drama in the form of an intimate thriller, full of nuances carried by three excellent actors.
LE FIGARO
Meticulous and breathtaking. Auteuil is impeccable.
LE PARISIEN
Director: Fred Cavayé
Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Gilles Lellouche, Sara Giraudeau
Duration: 116mins
Country of Origin: France
M
Mature themes and a scene of sexual violence
Finely nuanced and beautifully shot... Essential viewing for our time. It's not hard to extrapolate the film's lessons around the dangers of fascism to the biggest conflict Europe has seen since World War II - Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine.
Ben O'Shea
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
Beautifully evoked. Daniel Auteil gives a commanding performance.
David Stratton
THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
Excellent. Delves deeply into questions of conscience and character. The quality of the script is matched by the quality of the performances by Lellouche, Auteuil and Giraudeau.
A tense, pitch-perfect morality tale, superbly written and acted. If the premise is relatively straightforward, you may be assured that there’s a great deal more to it, none of which you should know going in. This is first-rate drama with considerable cumulative intensity – and a quorum of irony – and it’s unreservedly recommended.
Absorbing. An excellent wartime thriller that examines sobering questions of morality and character. The actors bring their complex characters to life superbly.
Quite wonderful cinema. The pace is gentle. The characters ring true, credible. The tension is never more than a breath away, never allowed to dominate the story nor to diminish.
Outstanding. Rich in moral and ethical complexity. To get the most from the film, don’t let anyone tell you how it turns out; rather, experience this masterpiece of dramatic cinema and its conclusion without preconceptions.
Gripping from start to finish. Historical drama in the form of an intimate thriller, full of nuances carried by three excellent actors.
LE FIGARO
Meticulous and breathtaking. Auteuil is impeccable.
LE PARISIEN

WINNER – 2021 SARLAT FILM FESTIVAL – Audience Prize (Best Film) & Best Actress

The legendary Daniel Auteuil gives one of his most superlative screen performances in the gripping new historical drama from writer/director Fred Cavayé, based on Jean-Philippe Daguerre’s celebrated, multi Molière Award-winning play.

Occupied Paris, 1941: all members of the Jewish community are instructed to come forward and identify themselves to authorities. Dedicated jeweller Joseph Haffmann (Auteuil), fearing the worst, arranges for his family to flee the city and offers his employee François Mercier (Gilles Lellouche) the chance to take over his store until the conflict subsides. But his own attempts to escape are thwarted, and Haffmann is forced to seek his assistant’s protection.

It’s a risky proposition for both men, and one that Mercier’s wife Blanche (a wonderful Sara Giraudeau) is sceptical of. As the couple move in to the Haffmann home, the agreement turns into a Faustian bargain, one that will forever change the fate of all...

Superbly directed by Cavayé, FAREWELL, MR. HAFFMANN masterfully guides the viewer through the world of Vichy France, where lives are irrevocably shaped by the twin scourges of war and the black market. Rich in moral complexity and empathy, with several twists too good to spoil, this is grand, big-screen adult entertainment at its finest.

Farewell, Mr. Haffmann - a film by Fred Cavayé