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Safe Conduct (2002)

Laissez-passer (original title)
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In occupied France, German-run Continental Films calls the shots in the movie business. Assistant director and Resistance activist Jean Devaivre works for Continental, where he can get "in ... See full summary »

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Jean Aurenche
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Jean-Paul Le Chanois
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Laurent Schilling ...
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Roger Richebé
Philippe Saïd ...
Pierre Nord
Liliane Rovère ...
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In occupied France, German-run Continental Films calls the shots in the movie business. Assistant director and Resistance activist Jean Devaivre works for Continental, where he can get "in between the wolf's teeth and avoid being chewed up". Fast-living screenwriter Jean Aurenche uses every possible argument to avoid working for the enemy. For both, wartime is a battle for survival. Written by Aline

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Collaborate. Resist. Survive.


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$620,758 (France) (11 January 2002)

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$26,617 (USA) (15 November 2002)
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This film's dedication states that it is "Dedicated to those who lived through these events" [as depicted in this movie]. See more »

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The film credits include references to a Lysander and a Dakota but Devaivre flies out in a de Haviland Dragon Rapide, and is parachuted back into France from what looks like a Lockheed Hudson (as it has twin tailfins, it cannot be a Dakota). See more »

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Tiresome and Too Long
25 October 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1942, in Paris, the assistant director and member of the French resistance Jean-Devaivre (Jacques Gamblin) joins the German studio Continental Films to be infiltrated and get a safe conduct. Along the years, he spies while making French movies produced by the Germans. Meanwhiile, the wolf bourgeois screenwriter Jean Aurenche (Denis Podalydès) spends his shallow life with his three lovers – the artist Suzanne Raymond (Charlotte Kady), the whore Olga (Marie Gillain) and Suzanne's friend and costumes stylist – and trying to not collaborate with the Germans with his work.

"Laissez-Passer" has a magnificent cinematography and reconstitution of occupied France, supported by top-notch performances. Unfortunately the story is tiresome, uninteresting and too long, and the subplot with Jean Aurenche goes nowhere. The narrative of the lead story with Jean-Devaivre is too cold, without any tension and could be shorter and shorter. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Passaporte Para a Vida" ("Passport for the Life")


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