Director: Ira Sachs Run Time: 91 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2023 Language: French
Starring: Adèle Exarchopoulos, Ben Whishaw, Erwan Kepoa Falé, Franz Rogowski, Radostina Rogliano
In contemporary Paris, German filmmaker Tomas embraces his sexuality through a torrid love affair with a young woman named Agathe, an impulse that blurs the lines that define his relationship with his husband, Martin. When Martin begins an extramarital affair of his own, he successfully gains back his husband’s attention while simultaneously unearthing Tomas’ jealousy. Grappling with contradicting emotions, Tomas must either embrace the confines of his marriage or come to terms with the relationship having run its course.
Ira Sachs is an American filmmaker. His films include The Delta (1997), Forty Shades of Blue (2005), Married Life (2007), Keep the Lights On (2012), Love Is Strange (2014), and Little Men (2016). His film, Frankie, premiered at Cannes in 2019. Sachs is Jewish and openly gay. He described Keep the Lights On as semi-autobiographical film
“It’s an extremely European film from the American director Ira Sachs, full of homages to classics of European cinema, and a portrait of a rascal and the helplessness of the human heart.” ~ Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
“What makes Passages worth watching isn’t the bare facts of its plot, but the ways that Sachs’s careful, nearly invisible style, matched to his actors, generates all manner of sudden, fluid, intelligent sensations as we watch.” ~ K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone