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Passing (2021)

Rayting:   6.6/10 6.5K votes
Language: English
Release date: November 10, 2021

"Passing" follows the unexpected reunion of two high school friends, whose renewed acquaintance ignites a mutual obsession that threatens both of their carefully constructed realities.

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HabibieHakim123 11 November 2021

What an impressive directorial debut by actress Rebecca Hall, Passing is really the most simple yet fascinating films of the year, it's stylist, it's beautiful, it's amazing, it's a 1 hour and 39 minutes movie that you must at least give it a try because i know this movie is not gonna be big unfortunately, watch it, it's not gonna waste your time, it's one of the best films of the year, Passing was incredible.

juanmuscle 2 December 2021

I listened to the audio-book after the movie and it seemed very much to tally with the source material, and it was very nice as well.. I really loved the main protagonist lady , and loved to see her bring that prose narrative through her eyes and gestures as she took on the aspect of the thing and it really came to life.... She is very good, overall I just adored this , very brave to take on something like this, it's not an easy fare, but the reward was worth the challenge!

mossgrymk 15 November 2021

Impressive debut for writer/director Rebecca Hall, with nuanced, finely textured performances from Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga. It also, through lovely winter black and white cinematography, beautifully recreates 1920s, upper middle class Harlem as well as the privileged but yet vulnerable lifestyle of the African American professional, artistic and intellectual class who reside there. My problem with the film, aside from a general humorlessness in the dialogue, is something of which I do not usually complain, namely that the movie is too short! Especially in light of the title and theme there should have been more of both Clare and Reenie's forays into the white world, in the former case bold and the later cautious. Without more such scenes we never really feel the danger about which Reenie warns Clare , at least not until the last third of the movie. And speaking of the denouement, while undeniably powerful, it felt abrupt. Again, less is not always more. Give it a B plus.

Xstal 20 November 2021

... but poorly cast together, or apart, in a better the devil you know be careful what you wish for tale that fails to convince. Filmed in black and white but far from monochrome, quite distinguishable and therefore suffers accordingly. Might work as an audio book for the blind however.

ulicknormanowen 16 November 2021

The subject was not that much new; Mrs Fannie Hurst broached it in "imitation of life " ,transferred to the screen by John M. Stahl in the thirties ,then remade in 1959 by Douglas Sirk; "I passed for white "by Fred M. Wilcox in 1960 went one step further :he depicted the marriage of a black woman with a white man : the husband,played by James Franciscus ,was as hateful as Alexander Starsgärd's.

But ,in spite of the magnificence of Sirk's movie, which has become a classic ,all these efforts remain melodramas, hollywoodian works ; Sirk's movie was even a little reactionary :a black woman must know her place.

Rebecca Hall 's film is realistic ,depicting a trouble relationship between two women (extremely well acted by Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga) ; can friendship survive after all these years when one of them has opted for a risky( at the time) way of life?

Chiaroscuro best depicts the film, shot in an adequate black and white,which recreates a time long before the civil rights movement :Irene is the most ambiguous woman :one never knows exactly what she feels for Clare : although her former schoolmate leads a life of luxury ,sending her daughter to a posh Swiss boarding-school (even in Europa , it was then the creme de la creme of education ),is it happiness?

Does Irene envy Clare ? I have my doubts : she lives in secrecy , threatening that her husband might discover the truth ,and she even confesses she's happier when he is away.

In direct contrast with that, Irene 's life is a happy one:her husband (André Holland) is a doctor, devoted to his patient (even if it's not mentioned , he's the kind of person who probably does not charge his poor patients) , who does not hide the world outside :"they're too young to be told about that" says Irene . But the father reads the whole article about a horrible lynching. And he never complains ,although,after a highest education, he's still living in a modest house.

Irene resents her former friend (the first scene with the white husband is terribly humiliating ) and one does feel she thinks her behavior is treachery ;and anyway Clare is not able to break off all the links with the milieu in which she was nurtured .Doing that,she 's walking on thin ice.

Rebecca Hall's directorial debut is a masterstroke and one hopes she will continue in that vein in the future.

yusufpiskin 10 November 2021

Brilliant actress/activist Tessa Thompson And Eduard Grau with his great cinematography

Although I personally don't like the fact that movies are shot in black and white and 4:3 in the 21st century, it was the appropriate choice for this movie.

Although the movie sometimes escapes to clichés, I loved the narrative language.

This movie is just one of a hundred reasons to fall in love with Rebecca Hall.

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