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This Weekend in Film: Farewell at Bethesda Row

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The director Christian Carion's latest film, Farewell, opens this weekend at Bethesda Row Cinema. Benjamin R. Freed reviewed it in April when it showed as part of Filmfest D.C.:

Farewell, which gets its title from the code name of a KGB turncoat who gave Soviet intelligence to France in the early 1980s, would like to be a taut psychological thriller. Regrettably, its two lead performances are complemented by ill-placed musical cues (Pink Floyd’s “Run Like Hell” at the height of one character’s paranoia), celebrity cameos (Willem Dafoe!), and maybe the worst Ronald Reagan imitation ever put on film. Far more worthy are the two leads—Emir Kusturica as the Baudelaire-quoting KGB defector and Guillaume Canet as his low-level contact in the French embassy in Moscow. Kusturica’s weary, hangdog complexion (and a more than passing resemblance to John C. Reilly) convey years of frustration with the Soviet regime. And Canet, whose résumé includes genuinely chilling films like The Beach and his own Tell No One, imbues his reluctant spy with the right amounts of anxiety and fear.

Read the full review here.

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