Fifth about The Seventh

Farewell, Mr. Haffmann (Adieu Monsieur Haffmann)

Farewell, Mr. Haffmann: the setting of Fred Cavayé’s film, Paris under Nazi occupation in World War II, is the perfect pick for a story about what happens when you give power to someone who had none before. It is, after all, the study of how a tyrant becomes one. The problem with the film, however, is that the characters are generally not well-developed. Gilles Lellouche’s character, the common man who enters a deal with his boss, was never sympathetic, to begin with, and his traits are uninteresting; it is a solid but unspectacular performance. Daniel Auteuil, as his boss, is pretty much a blank slate, and his performance reflects that. The most interesting of the trio is Sara Giraudeau, as the young wife; she is the one that goes through a more interesting arch and gives a more interesting performance. The production designer Philippe Chiffre created a fine set where the action takes place and the costume designing team, the functional costumes used.

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