Laissez-passer Reviews

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February 16, 2021
Safe Conduct is gripping and appealing-and honest-in regard to that part of modern life it does treat, and that is no small matter.
July 18, 2005
January 19, 2005
Controversial film about art under occupation
May 17, 2004
[Director] Tavernier takes his time in capturing this time period - at the expense of a concise narrative and often the viewer's interest.
May 8, 2004
Tavernier's fatal flaw is letting the film bog down in studio politics and the filmmaking process, something which hasn't carried a "serious" film since The Player.
January 23, 2004
Longer than 2 1/2 hours, there's too much to sort out and the confusion becomes annoying.
October 15, 2003
Obsessively detailed and impeccably observed, the film is bursting with the stuff of everyday life and curious wartime anecdotes.
June 25, 2003
Alain Choquart's camera barely stops moving, portraying both the turmoil of the time and giving Conduct a perpetual sense of urgency.
May 9, 2003
[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.
May 8, 2003
No one who loves French film (or movies in general) should miss it.
March 28, 2003
There's an epic here, but you have to put it together yourself.
March 21, 2003
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.
March 4, 2003
["Safe Conduct"] is a long movie at 163 minutes but it fills the time with drama, romance, tragedy, bravery, political intrigue, partisans and sabotage. Viva le Resistance!
March 2, 2003
With a large cast representing a broad cross-section, Tavernier's film bounds along with the rat-a-tat energy of "His Girl Friday," maintaining a light touch while tackling serious themes.
February 7, 2003
There's an excellent 90-minute film here; unfortunately, it runs for 170.
February 7, 2003
It might be 'easier' to watch on video at home, but that shouldn't stop die-hard French film connoisseurs from going out and enjoying the big-screen experience.
February 6, 2003
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.
February 2, 2003
Intense but sprawling...
November 5, 2002
Tavernier shows us, in more ways than one, that le cin ma de qualit lives on.
October 23, 2002
The best didacticism is one carried by a strong sense of humanism, and Bertrand Tavernier's oft-brilliant Safe Conduct ("Laissez-passer") wears its heart on its sleeve.
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