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Passages - Review

You Say It When It Works For You.

3.5 / 5

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Directed by Ira Sachs

Tomas and Martin are a couple living in Paris whose marriage is thrown into crisis when Tomas impulsively begins a passionate affair with young schoolteacher Agathe.

Passages is a messy, selfish and passionate look at love with an eccentric love triangle at its core carried by three distinct performances.

Franz Rogowski's Tomas is a film director, building his world on both sides of the camera exactly to his liking without any remorse for others. His boyfriend Martin played by Ben Whishaw attempts to deal with Tomas' erratic behaviour while coming to terms if stability will ever be on the cards. Adèle Exarchopoulos's Agathe is in the wrong place at the wrong time, getting swept up in the hurricane, accidentally finding herself getting swept up in Tomas' destruction.

Ira Sachs has created a film that builds such a vivid and lived-in world and forces you to watch it crumble through an avalanche of passion, sex, bad decisions and crop tops.

With a stellar cast and unwavering cinematography to match - Passages is as alluring as it is narcissistic.

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