MovieLine: Farewell Review

MovieLine: Farewell, a cold war drama by the French director Christian Carion, isn’t just a movie set in 1981; in many ways it feels like a movie made in 1981. Unflashy and unpretentious, laid out before us in a modest, slightly grayed-out Eastern Bloc color palette, the picture moves tentatively at first: It slumps into action, rather than springing into it. But scene by scene Carion, working from a true story, builds a spy story that focuses more on the human costs of betraying one’s country than on the political fallout.

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