Our review of Farewell Monsieur Haffmann: Paris in a gray zone

During the Occupation, a Jewish jeweler and his employee sign a dangerous pact. Fred Cavayé signs a historical drama full of nuances carried by three excellent actors.

Do you ever know what is really hiding in a man’s heart? There is of course something Faustian in Goodbye Mr. Haffmann , sixth film by Fred Cavayé (for her, At close range), a historical drama in the form of an intimate thriller under the Occupation adapted from the play to the four Molières by Jean-Philippe Daguerre. How else can we do it when we have decided to deal with “bastards” under the Occupation?

It all began in May 1941 in Paris on the heights of the Montmartre district. The small bell in the store of the jeweler Joseph Haffmann (Daniel Auteuil, all in stripping and dignity) sounds like a disastrous warning. The man comes out of his stall and notices that a poster has recently been put up in which it is about the “Census of the Jews»Who must now “Report to law enforcement authorities”.

Haffmann feels it in his guts. She urgently needs to bring her family to safety. His wife and three children are dumbfounded. “It’s madness Joseph!” …

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