Passing is an adaptation of Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel about race in 1920s Harlem.
Passing tells the intimate story of childhood friends Irene (Tessa Thompson) and Clare (Ruth Negga) as they reunite in adulthood and their lives and worries become increasingly intertwined. While Irene identifies as African American and is married to a Black doctor, Clare “passes” as white, and is married to a wealthy, prejudiced white man. The film marks the directorial debut of actor Rebecca Hall. Shot in black and white, it's a thoughtful and sensitive exploration of race, gender, class and sexuality.
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