PASSAGES (Melbourne IFF 2023) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Eschewing the excesses of the typical love triangle melodrama, Ira Sachs’s Passages is a matter-of-fact portrait of love found and love lost held aloft by weighty performances by its three stellar leads, Franz Rogowski, Ben Wishaw and Adèle Exarchopoulos. Rogowski’s Tomas is at the center of the unfolding drama, an flighty and insecure filmmaker who is largely kept grounded by his sensible husband Martin (Wishaw) to whom he has been married for well over a decade.

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FRANKIE – Review by Martha K Baker

The film “Frankie” is set in Sintra, Portugal, known for its dense landscapes. “Frankie” involves dense plotting — but not garden plots. This film is either a delicate disquisition on marriage, or else it attempts to pull the wool over arthouse audiences that think pausing between palavering is the same as significant introspection.

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