Laissez-passer (2002)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: March 22, 2002
DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A highly detailed, exciting historical epic.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

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

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

There's an epic here, but you have to put it together yourself.

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Louis Proyect

Controversial film about art under occupation

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

[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.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Kent Turner

[Director] Tavernier takes his time in capturing this time period - at the expense of a concise narrative and often the viewer's interest.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

No one who loves French film (or movies in general) should miss it.

Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News

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.

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Christopher Null

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.

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