Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Franz Fucks Everything (Up)

There we have the poster for Ira Sachs' Passages, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year and is being released on August 4th. Here is my review of the film, which stars Ben Whishaw and Franz Rogowski as a married couple who get tossed into upheaval when Rogowski starts having an affair with a woman (played by the always terrific Adèle Exarchopoulos). And down below is the film's trailer in case you missed that. Rogowski is so wildly aggressively unlikeable in this -- he really goes for it, and some people are going to hate this movie because of that, but I find it a pretty brave way to present this story (especially when you know that there's an autobiographical tinge to it coming from Sachs). Anyway "likeability" is seriously overrated in storytelling. Give me complicated monsters! After all I need to see myself reflected by cinema!


Frank said...

While I like Ben Whishaw, I’ll pass on this movie. You say Franz Rogowski comes across as unlikable. The character is also very selfish. Their relationship was doomed even before he hooked up with the woman. No thanks.

Shawny said...

Likability is overrated