Laissez-passer Reviews

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October 23, 2002
Unfolds as one of the most politically audacious films of recent decades from any country, but especially from France.
October 21, 2002
Whatever one makes of its political edge, this is beautiful filmmaking from one of French cinema's master craftsmen.
October 17, 2002
Alternately frustrating and rewarding.
October 17, 2002
Crammed with incident, and bristles with passion and energy.
October 11, 2002
For devotees of French cinema, Safe Conduct is so rich with period minutiae it's like dying and going to celluloid heaven.
October 11, 2002
Some episodes work, some don't.
October 10, 2002
Dense with characters and contains some thrilling moments.
October 8, 2002
One of the very best movies ever made about the life of moviemaking.
October 8, 2002
An intriguing look at the French film industry during the German occupation; its most delightful moments come when various characters express their quirky inner selves.
October 8, 2002
The heat of the moment prevails. It cooks Conduct in a low, smoky and inviting sizzle.
October 7, 2002
Rises and falls on the strength of its individual episodes. Mostly, it rises, though its extreme length ill suits its anecdotal structure (or perhaps vice versa).
October 5, 2002
At nearly three hours, the whole of Safe Conduct is less than the sum of its parts.
October 2, 2002
Safe Conduct, however ambitious and well-intentioned, fails to hit the entertainment bull's-eye.
September 1, 2002
Though it is by no means his best work, Laissez-Passer is a distinguished and distinctive effort by a bona-fide master, a fascinating film replete with rewards to be had by all willing to make the effort to reap them.
August 7, 2002
Overlong, occasionally unfocussed, yet a fascinating glimpse at the French film industry under German occupation.
February 13, 2002
It's a clear-eyed portrait of an intensely lived time, filled with nervous energy, moral ambiguity and great uncertainties.
January 16, 2002
By turns gripping, amusing, tender and heart-wrenching, Laissez-passer has all the earmarks of French cinema at its best.
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