Passages, the forthcoming movie from celebrated queer director Ira Sachs, is getting rapturous early reviews.
“Excellent, sexy and conflicted” is how The New York Times’ Jessica Kiang described the film, set for release August 4. The movie centers on a same-sex couple in Paris, with both men falling into new sexual relationships. Passages stars out actor Ben Whishaw as Martin and Franz Rogowski as Martin’s husband, Tomas. While Tomas embarks on a passionate affair with a female schoolteacher (Adèle Exarchopoulos), Martin starts his own extracurricular relationship, setting off “an escalating battle of desire,” according to the movie’s press notes.
“Unapologetically sexy and infinitely wise… examines the ever-evolving nature of attraction with both intelligence and a sense of humor,” says Tomris Laffly of The AV Club.
Sachs is known for films like 2016’s Little Men, starring Greg Kinnear, Paulina Garcia, and Jennifer Ehle, and 2019’s Frankie, starring Kinnear and Isabelle Huppert.