Drama | English | 99 minutes
Irene Redfield is a light-skinned African American who runs into a childhood friend, Clare Bellew at a hotel in New York. While Irene is married to a black doctor and lives the life of a black person, Clare passes as white and is married to a wealthy white businessman from Chicago. As the two women reconnect, they compare their different lifestyles: Clare admits she misses the African-American world she abandoned. Irene is content she chose the right way, has not followed Clare and sold her soul. Irene asks Clare what she would do if her husband ever learns the truth. Sadly, the outcome for Clare becomes tragic.
Why Stream This Film?
- RottenTomatoes (Critics Consensus): 90%
- Metacritic Score: 85
- Gotham Awards: Nominated, Best Feature; Best Screenplay (Rebecca Hall)
- Sundance Film Festival: Nominated, Best Dramatic Feature
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The extraordinary performances by actresses Negga and Thompson are not to be missed. In the end, PASSING will leave its audience gasping and framing and reframing in their minds a story ripe with ineffable realities.
A superbly performed study of racialized longing and feminine dissatisfaction in 1920s New York, lit by searing intelligence and compassion.
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