Farewell, Mr. Haffmann

Gripping from start to finish, carried by three excellent actors.


Farewell, Mr. Haffmann

Occupied Paris, 1941: all members of the Jewish community are instructed to come forward and identify themselves to authorities. Dedicated jeweler Joseph Haffmann (Daniel 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 into the Haffmann home, the agreement turns into a Faustian bargain, one that will forever change everyone's fates.

Superbly directed by Fred 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 entertainment at its finest.

"Following their Oscars triumph with Coda, France’s Vendôme Films and Pathé have been quietly laying the groundwork for the North American release of their follow-up production, Second World War drama Farewell, Mr. Haffmann. The French-language film has been well received by audiences on the festival circuit in North America (and) has also been popular with audiences in France, selling 727,000 tickets after its January 2022 release." - Screen International

WINNER of Eighteen Audience Awards!
- Baltimore Jewish Film Festival 2023
- Wilmington Jewish Film Festival 2023
- Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2023
- Pittsburgh Jewish Film Festival 2023
- New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival 2023
- Denver Jewish Film Festival 2023 - Best Narrative, Best Actor (Daniel Auteuil), Best Supporting Actor (Gilles Lellouche), Best Supporting Actress (Sara Giraudeau), Best Director (Fred Cavaye), Best Screenplay (Fred Cavaye & Sarah Kaminsky)
- Charleston Jewish Film Fest 2023
- Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2023
- Sedona International Film Festival 2023
- Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival 2023
- San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2023
- Cincinnati Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival 2023
- Gold Coast International Film Festival 2022
- San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2022
- Cleveland Jewish Film Festival 2022
- Aspen FilmFest 2022
Not Rated
Drama, Jewish Culture, French Cinema
Fred Cavayé
Fred Cavayé, Jean-Philippe Daguerre, Sarah Kaminsky
Daniel Auteuil, Gilles Lellouche, Sara Giraudeau, Nikolai Kinski, Mathilde Bisson, Anne Coesens
KPFK Film Club

Intense pressure might produce precious stones. More often than not, especially when combined with greed, pressure can also cause a seemingly good person to break bad. So it is with FAREWELL MR. HAFFMANN, a riveting, superbly acted historical drama, by writer/director Fred Cavayé. In 1941’s ...

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