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.
January 19, 2005
Controversial film about art under occupation
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 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
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.
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.
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
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.