Flick In A Limerick

A woman runs into a friend after a number of years
Pretending to be white in front of all of her peers
Obstacles with race
Threaten personal space
Encountering the most deepest of fears

Shot Caller – Rebecca Hall

Role Play (Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland, Bill Camp, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy)

Nose Candy


“So you dislike black people
No I hate them”

“Want did he do to them?”
“It’s not a question of what but if”

” You are a lot less content with what you’ve got when she is not here”

” We are all passing for something or another. Aren’t We?”

” Careful your The only white man here”

Style Points

+Monochrome
+Stoic camerawork
+Jazz
+Bedroom scene
+Party scene
+Glass break scene

Money Shot

Snowfall

The Big Finish

I think at one point or another every black person has had the thought of what it would be like to be white or how much easier life would be if we were. Passing provides an interesting take on how much a damaged black woman wanted so desperately to be connected to her roots but feared of ruining her security if her husband ever found out her secret. The distress caused the character of Clare to envy Iris as although it seemed like she had it made, sadly she missed and longed to be an actual member of a loving black family. I have long been a fan of Regina Hall and thought she did excellent in her directorial debut. I think that being filmed in black and white add an extra element to the racial aspect of the story. The movie also has a lot of ominous almost creepy camera shots as if you almost knew something tragic is foreshadowing. Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga did an admirable job of really getting me emotionally invested into their characters. As a viewer I really had empathy for the frienamies and could see how their trauma led to their personal decisions. You can feel the tension and anxiety rising in Irene with the slow pacing it felt like at any moment she was going to snap. I also enjoyed how the ending was left to interpretation by the viewer. In the Nella Larson novel of the same name this film was adapted on I read it was implied that Clare jumped to her death. In the heat of the moment whether she was pushed by her husband, Irene or if she did just commit suicide the audience is left with one constant phrase at the end which was that it was an accident. Keeping up with lies are dangerous but the longer you hold onto them the more pain one can cause to themselves as well as the people they love.

-Caleb Harris

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