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Passing Rated 12A


Dir. Rebecca Hall. USA, 2021. 1h 38m. Starring Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, Alexander Skarsgård, André Holland, Bill Camp.

In 1920s New York, a chance encounter reunites two black childhood friends living on radically opposite sides of the racial divide. With their friendship rekindled their lives become deeply intertwined, but cracks soon begin to appear in their carefully constructed realities. With exquisite black-and-white cinematography and compassionate performances, Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut brilliantly adapts a celebrated work of Harlem Renaissance literature.

'Rebecca Hall's wonderful, poetic debut sticks close to Nella Larsen's story, never offering easy answers or a neat resolution.’ ★★★★★ Dave Calhoun, Time Out

‘Alive to pulse-quickening details of body language and the conversational codes by which a dangerous friendship lives or dies, the film is a study in contrasts far beyond the monochromatic.’ ★★★★★ Tim Robey, The Telegraph