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Farewell, Mr. Haffmann

M 116 MIN
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Synopsis

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 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.

Awards

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

OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2022 ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

Reviews


"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


Movie Information

Release date

Thursday 14th April

Duration

116 min

Rating

M

Cast

Daniel Auteuil, Sara Giraudeau, Gilles Lellouche, Nikolai Kinski

Director

Fred Cavayé

Genre

Drama

Participating Cinemas

Pentridge Cinema, Palace Balwyn, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Brighton Bay, The Kino, Palace Westgarth, Palace Norton Street, Palace Central, Palace Verona, Palace Byron Bay, Palace James St, Palace Barracks, Palace Electric Cinema, Palace Raine Square



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