Farewell, Mr. Haffmann

The remarkable 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, 1942: the Jewish community is under instruction to identify themselves by wearing a yellow star. Dedicated but struggling jeweller Joseph Haffmann (Auteuil), fearing the worst, immediately makes arrangements 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 Haffman must hide in the basement under his assistant’s protection.

It’s a risky proposition for both men, and one that Mercier’s wife Blanche (a wonderful Sara Giraudeau) is highly sceptical of. As the couple move in to Haffman’s 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 into and through the world of Vichy France, where lives are irrevocably shaped by the twin scourges of the war and the black market. Rich in moral complexity and empathy, with several twists too surprising to spoil, this is grand, big-screen adult entertainment at its finest.

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Rating M
Genre To Be Advised
Running Time 116
Language
New & Noteworthy
Closed Caption eNews Privilege MDFF Monthly Matinee NT Live met First Nations Acknowledgement