Based on true events, Bertrand Tavernier's epic new film enthrallingly depicts one of France's most controversial periods in history - the early 1940's during the Nazi occupation - against the background of the French film industry. Set in Paris, the story follows two men who struggle to maintain their integrity while working for the German controlled Continental Film Studios. Aurenche (Denis Podalydes) is a writer with a complicated love life who injects his scripts with subversive messages, while assistant director Devaivre (Jacques Gamblin) uses his position as a cover for his increasingly hazardous activities with the resistance. Vividly recreating the day-to-day danger, fear and uncertainty of wartime France, 'Laissez-Passer' is a fascinating and engrossing film from the filmmaker Martin Scorsese described as one of France's leading directors.
One of Tavernier's best
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Long but not a minute too much so. The characters, drawn from life in the French film industry during the Occupation, are complex and involving, the story is by turns serious and funny and endlessly subtle, the acting and direction impeccable. So absorbing that one can almost forget that one's watching a film. None better on coping in France in the early 1940s.