SMART THRILLER: Russian spy Pierre Froment (right, Guillaume Canet), whose activities in Paris in the 1980s helped destabilize the Soviet Union, speaks with the head of the CIA (Willem Defoe, left, in a cameo appearance).

Farewell

Directed by Christian Carion

The French spy picture Farewell is literate, complex and thoughtful. It's based on the true story of the Russian spy Sergei Gregoriev, code name "Farewell," whose activities in the early 1980s laid the groundwork for the disintegration of the Soviet Union. The movie is both a gripping thriller and a witty exploration of the intricacies and implications of living a lie.

 

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