Safe Conduct (Laissez-passer) (2002)

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Critic Consensus: A highly detailed, exciting historical epic.


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During the Nazi occupation of France during World War II, the nation's movie studios continued to operate; some filmmakers and technicians simply went along with what their new leaders demanded in hopes keeping themselves and their families safe, while others sought to subvert the messages of their captors through their work. Safe Conduct, directed by Bertrand Tavernier, is a fact-based period drama which examines two men working for a Parisian film company during 1942 and 1943, as well as their … More

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Jean Cosmos, Bertrand Tavernier
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 11, 2004
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Cast


as Jean Devaivre

as Jean Aurenche

as Suzanne Raymond

as Simone Devaivre

as Jean-Paul Le Chanois

as Maurice Tourneur

as Charles Spaak

as Reine Sorignal

as Dr. Greven

as Jacques Dubuis

as Paul Maillebuau

as Pierre Bost
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Critic Reviews for Safe Conduct (Laissez-passer)

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Longer than 2 1/2 hours, there's too much to sort out and the confusion becomes annoying.

Full Review… | January 23, 2004
Miami Herald
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[While The Last Metro] was more melodramatic, confined to a single theater company and its strategies and deceptions, while Tavernier is more concerned with the entire period of history.

Full Review… | May 9, 2003
Chicago Sun-Times
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No one who loves French film (or movies in general) should miss it.

Full Review… | May 8, 2003
Chicago Tribune
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There's an epic here, but you have to put it together yourself.

Full Review… | March 28, 2003
Boston Globe
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Though it runs 163 minutes, Safe Conduct is anything but languorous. It's packed to bursting with incident, and with scores of characters, some fictional, some from history.

Full Review… | March 21, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
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You could love Safe Conduct (Laissez Passer) for being a subtitled French movie that is 170 minutes long. You could hate it for the same reason.

Full Review… | February 6, 2003
Dallas Morning News
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