Laissez Passer details
|Starring:||Marie Desgranges, Maria Pitarresi, Denis Podalydes, Getz Burger, Marie Gillain, Christian Berkel, Olivier Gourmet, Thierry Gibault, Charlotte Kady, Ged Marlo, Ged Marlon, Jacques Gamblin, Philippe Mourier-Genoud, Philippe Said|
|Run time:||2 hours 48 minutes|
|Rental release:||24 Mar 2003|
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French film making in WW11 BoulogneBy milnerv from Dorset , 23 Oct 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]The director Taverniers involvement with his subject glows from the impressive interview on the DVD. He was able to interview the real life assistant director Devaivre (Gamblin) and the screenwriter Aurenche (Berkel) on whose experience the film is based, and recreated the sets for the films they were working on as accurately as possible.
In real life and the film Devaivre and Aurenche never meet, so therefore it is parallel stories of how two men contended with life in occupied France, Devaivre working for the German owned Continental company and Aurenche avoiding involvement with the Nazis.
The accurate portrayal of French film making and life under the Nazis and allied bombing in 1942/3 is the framework enabling the film to focus on the moral dilemma of where did survival and co-existence end and collaboration begin for the French completely at the mercy of their occupiers, always hungry and fearful.
Devaivre was actively involved with the resistance and in real life was a tougher and harder man than is portrayed in the film.
Gamblin and Berkel are superb in their roles and as for the Director Tavernier this is a masterpiece.
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Good impression of life in occupied ParisBy a customer , 22 Jun 2013I love this film and often watch it. The long cycling parts give me courage when I'm feeling a bit low. This is a positive film as it shows that individuals can act with integrity in dangerous times.
A missed opportunity to tell a good story well.By Giantphilip (9 reviews) from West Sussex , 22 Nov 2011A missed opportunity to tell a good and interesting story based on fact in an engaging and vibrant fashion.
It got bogged down in endless shots on the film sets which added nothing to the tale of how the film industry in France during the War got along with the occupying Germans.
Too much was shot in the dark.
Our hero was filmed on any number of occasions cycling furiously around the place, when the real story was taking place either where he was going to or coming from.
The film was far too long because it lost its way, and by the time it found the road again, I had rather lost interest!
Not one to see again.
Overlong tale of film makers at warBy Electricvic (88 reviews) from London , 02 Aug 2011Set in the Paris film industry during the second world war, Laissez Passer is rambling and episodic and will probably leave anyone without a real interest in the subject cold.
Tavernier does not quite make its central story - how a director and a writer plied their trade in Nazi-occupied France - into the great theme it was perhaps supposed to be: should an artist be politically engaged, or should they just concentrate on their job of setting up camera angles or writing good dialogue?
The plot focuses on two men: Devaivre (Jacques Gamblin), an assistant director, and the writer Aurenche (Denis Polyalides). While Devaivre, an ex-army officer, is actively involved in the resistance, he takes a job working for the Nazi-owned Continental Films, because his contacts tell him it will be a perfect cover. Meanwhile it's Aurenche, who is mainly interested in womanising and writing, who refuses to work for the same company on principle.
Based on true stories, Laissez Passer is loaded with detail which anyone interested in film history will find fascinating but which anyone just looking for entertainment or emotion or both might find a little frustrating. I guess there is a level of personal involvement in the theme for Tavernier, who is perhaps asking himself what he would have done in those circumstances (as we all do...).
But it's a bit overlong (and the sequence where Devaivre finds himself being flown to England to be interrogated by suspicious RAF officers is plain bizarre) and does not quite come off.
dont botherBy a customer , 01 Jun 2011oh my goodness this is a film i have wanted to see for years, what a disappointment, it is boring and goes nowhere in fact i am ashamed to say i did not bother to watch it all the way through, dont bother. the subtitiles are also useless, with only the odd word coming through.
What a disappointment & travesty!By a customer from Surrey , 18 Sep 2009
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideSince I admire Bertrand Taverniers movies immensely I awaited this title with great anticipation. I was sadly disappointed - it is undoubtedly his worst film ever, and then some. Though based on real characters and events it is obvious that very glaring liberties have been taken with the real story. Despite its subject matter it fails to create any sense of tension and the fact that one of the two main characters believes that resistance consists of skulking in a brothel and making sarcastic remarks about the Nazi and Vichy forces doesnt really impress. The movie loses all credibility however when one of the characters is brought to the UK for the weekend by a clandestine RAF flight, interviewed by several caricature British officers, and precipitively returned in exasperation when they find he cant talk English, and they have only rudimentary French. This episode plays like a French revenge for the wretched British 'Allo, Allo' television series of some years ago. Anybody who has read any of the moving accounts of Special Operations Executive operations knows that this just isnt how it happened. After this ludicrous episode it was impossible to take the film serious any more. Try reading Flames in the Field by Ria Kramer, A Life in Secrets by Sarah Helm or M.R.D. Foots History of the SOE to get a flavour of the reality not only of Resistance in France but of the RAF support of it. . In this context Taverniers movie is not just a travesty, but and insult to brave men and women. Its a really sad waste of an opportunity and it is best avoided. Since part of my family suffered under Nazi occupation I believe I hae every right to feel offfended by this very poor movie.Though not perfect Melvilles Army of Shadows (L'armée des Ombres) is a far better film about the reality of the French Resistance. Rent it, and avoid Laissez Paser.
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