Adieu Monsieur Haffmann
Adieu Monsieur Haffmann : Art, Sex, and Anti-Jewish Laws in Occupied Paris
Adieu Monsieur Haffmann, by Jean-Philippe Daguerre, directed by Pascale Couderc, features Emmanuelle Lambert, Marion Lovinger, Thomas Marigné, Benoît Monin, and David Valayre.
Adieu Monsieur Haffmann takes place when Paris is occupied by Hitler’s army. In 1942, a series of anti-Jewish laws compelled Jewish owners to identify their stores as "Jewish businesses" ("entreprise juive"). As a result, many Jews transferred ownership to Gentiles in the hope of avoiding the confiscation of Jewish businesses by the occupation government. Joseph Haffmann is one such business owner. He has managed to save his wife and children by sending them to Switzerland, but he stays in Paris to save his only possession: his jewelry store. He asks Pierre, his long-time employee, to accept temporary ownership of the store, and to move into the attached apartment with his wife, Isabelle. He also asks Pierre and Isabelle to hide him from the Germans – him and a single painting by Matisse. Pierre and Isabelle, who desperately want children but cannot procreate, accept on the condition that Joseph sleep with Isabelle until she becomes pregnant.
General Seating. Box Office opens at 45 minutes to curtain. House opens at 15 minutes to curtain. Bar opens 45 minutes to curtain (drinks are allowed in the theater). There is an elevator. Restrooms are on the entry level.