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Celebrated independent filmmaker Ira Sachs (Love Is Strange, Keep the Lights On) makes a breathtaking return with Passages, a fresh, honest and brutally funny take on romantic chaos, featuring honest and emotionally nuanced performances from Franz Rogowski (Great Freedom), Ben Whishaw (Women Talking) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Colour).

Set in contemporary Paris, this seductive comedy-drama tells the story of Tomas (Rogowski) and Martin (Whishaw), a gay couple whose marriage is thrown into crisis when Tomas impulsively begins a passionate affair with a young school teacher, Agathe (Exarchopoulos). Though he embraces this exciting new exploration, the novelty of being with a woman starts to fade when Martin begins an affair of his own, forcing Tomas to confront life decisions he may be unprepared – or unwilling – to deal with.

Perceptive, intimate and unashamedly sexy, Passages sees Sachs put a uniquely European spin on his usually tender style, telling a messy, modern love story that explores the complexities, contradictions and cruelties of sex and desire.

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Runtime 92 Minutes
Release date 10 November 2023
  • Certification: 18