A Farewell to Fools

Synopsis: Once upon a time, during WWII, somewhere in Nazi occupied Romania, a night of comic misadventures ensues when a boy discovers a dead soldier. The German authorities demand that the perpetrator must be identified or the town leaders will be shot the following morning. In their desperation, led by Father Johanis (Harvey Keitel), their salvation seems to lie in convincing the town "fool", Ipu (Gérard Depardieu), to agree to confess, and save them all with his sacrifice. The comedy and darker sides of human nature race toward the deadline where one cannot help but wonder who, in fact, is the actual "fool"?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Director(s): Bogdan Dumitrescu
Production: Monterey Media
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min


Let's play Napoleon.

- Yes, but you be the tsar.

- Oh!

Oh. It's broken.

That is the hole where

the bullet went through.

The bullet that you

have in your head.

How many times

do I have to tell you?

I don't remember anything!

I don't remember!

How many times do I

have to tell you that?

Napoleon, huh.

Go hide.

Oh, oh, oh, wait.


The teacher said that you

French were on this side.

These were your trenches, and the

Germans were attacking from there.

So you go that way?

Yes, go on. Go, go! Go, go, go.

Go, go. Go!


I am not afraid of winter!

I destroyed you...

with the power of my artillery!

And under the hooves

of my cavalry!

Let's ride!

Giddyap! Giddyap!

Not even the Cossacks

can defeat me,

Napoleon, the emperor

of the French!

This is where the war explodes!

We advance with fixed bayonets.

We attack their fortresses!

We'll sleep in the snow.

You are dead!

But a commander

cannot survive the shame...

of being caught

and made a prisoner.

So you say!


- Bang!

- Bang!

I smashed you at will

on every battlefield.

I dragged your flag

through the dust.

You are the tsar of Russia,

and you say, "Napoleon,

you have defeated me."

"But if you dare

invade my country..."

You want 'fahren'?

Ja, ja!

Schnell. Schnell.

Only here in the field, ja?

Ja, ja.

Yeah! Whoo-hoo-hoo!

Wah, wah, whoa!




Marcus! Marcus!

Over here! Marcus!

- What's wrong?

- Look!

What have you done?

You shot a German?


Don't you see that someone

slashed his throat?

You've got to help me

take him to the village.

Me? Why me?

I've nothing to do with this.

Nothing. A dead German.

I didn't see anything.

And you haven't seen me, right?


Hup! Hup!


What are you saying?

A German soldier

has been murdered?

Yes, his throat was slashed.


- By who?

- I don't know.

- I found him like that in the grass.

- Stop that noise!

- I don't believe him.

- I swear!

Go see what happened.

And as for you, young boy,

we'll see if you are lying.



Then it's true.

And you brought him here?

If not here, then where?

You should have left him where he was!

Let the Germans find him!

What the hell are you doing now?

- Where should we put him?

- Let me think. Let me think!

Take him to the German villa.

It's their problem.

And if they ask questions?

They will.

Of course they will.

What do we say?

That two idiots like you brought a

dead body that doesn't belong to us.

And in the meantime,

I'm investigating.

And cover his neck!

- At your command.

- Put his cap on too!


Come with me!

Come. Come.

What's he done now?

A tragedy, Father Johannis.

Tell him what happened.

I found a dead German.


He's been killed.

I found him in the field,

with his throat slashed.

Ipu. Now the Germans.

Great company!

You know what? I'll send you back

to the city, to your mother.

He says he was there

but didn't see anything.

Oh, my dear, my beloved nephew.

Come with me.

I'll take care of him.

- Latest news!

- Latest news!



Today, a German soldier

has been murdered.

If the murderer

does not turn himself in...

by 5:
00 tomorrow morning,

we will execute...

the 10 most prominent...

authorities of this village!

Mr. Mayor, is there any higher

authority than you in this town?

Come, my dear.

On your knees.

My dear son, I love you,

and I suffer

when I see you in pain.

I want to help you.

And I will pray for

the salvation of your soul.

Tell me what happened to you.

What do you know,

and what aren't you telling us?

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