PASSAGES is a frustrating portrait of its narcissistic man and his relationship with his husband and younger paramour. Directed by Ira Sachs, the movie is a character study of its lead, a German filmmaker named Tomas (Franz Rogowski), who leaves his husband Martin (Ben Whishaw) for Agathe (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a young teacher. Tomas is almost loveable, with strong opinions, a comical lack of self-awareness, and an infectious passion, but PASSAGES explores the impact of Tomas’ disregard for those who love him.

This movie isn’t for everyone; even at a brisk 92-minute runtime, it feels slow at times. It’s bolstered by incredible performances from its three main characters, who add so much realism. Tomas, Martin, and Agathe feel like real people; watching the movie becomes watching people you know. It has its comedic moments, but PASSAGES is a drama. The film feels like watching a good friend make poor decisions, leading to the frustration I mentioned earlier.

Although this movie could’ve taken place anywhere, I loved the Parisian setting, the characters’ homes, and the mix of French and accented English. The movie’s premise almost sounds like the start of a bar joke: a German man cheats on his English husband with a French woman. But PASSAGES unveils the anguish of loving someone who doesn’t really love anyone but himself.

PASSAGES is playing in select theaters and is available to stream on MUBI.

Tarush Mohanti

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