Expat Cinema: Passages (English subtitles)

Screening on wednesday 6th September 2023

Movie lover but trouble understanding Dutch subtitles? Join Lumen’s EXPAT CINEMA screenings. Every Wednesday we screen the best foreign language movies with English subtitles. Our café is the perfect place to hook up for a good coffee or special beer before and after the film. 

After completing his latest project, filmmaker Tomas (Franz Rogowski) starts a heated affair with young schoolteacher, Agathe (Adèle Exarchopoulos). 

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Tomas (Franz Rogowski) and Martin (Ben Whishaw) have been together for fifteen years. Their happy marriage is turned upside down when one of them begins an affair with a young woman (Adèle Exarchopoulos). A shameless portrait of modern love. 

Ira Sachs’ portrait of a love triangle in contemporary Paris is true to life, sometimes comical, but does not shy away from the struggle of those involved with each other and their ideas about love. What is the difference between lust and love? Who is using whom? How open can a marriage be? What if Martin takes a second boyfriend? 

Passages, the eighth feature from the director of Forty Shades of Blue and Love Is Strange, was praised as an emotionally intelligent, explicit exploration of love and as a portrait of contemporary narcissism: for Tomas, it’s all about him. Critics saw similarities to the films of Fassbinder and Maurice Pialat.