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32 Ratings

The Story of a Three-Day Pass

La permission

Directed by Melvin Van Peebles
France, 1968
Drama, Romance


Turner, a black American G.I. stationed in France, finds trouble from place to place as he vacations with a Frenchwoman.

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The Story of a Three-Day Pass Directed by Melvin Van Peebles

Critics reviews

Clearly made independently and thriftily, the film nevertheless channels the raw productions, easy plotting, and location shooting of the French New Wave through the anxiety of self-doubt and loneliness of this man, a black man in a white society, an American abroad, and a soldier exposed to civilian freedom and prejudices.
August 10, 2019
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To be clear, the dialogue is hardly written and the lead performance by British/Guyanese Harry Baird as Turner, the American soldier, is pretty awful. Nevertheless, the film manages to remain intriguing and entertaining throughout and, every once in a while, a disarmingly powerful moment emerges from the cheerful facade, a moment where we can feel Turner’s nervous excitement, uncertainty, and bitter disappointment…
April 19, 2013
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