Passages (2023) Rogowski + Gay Sex = Art House Smash B-

It’s fun. The great German actor Franz Rogowski positively spins (like a record) through director Ira Sachs’s new movie “Passages.” Set in Paris, he plays a Fassbinder-esque director (but with a much better body) who leaves his wish-washy husband (Ben Whishaw) for a stunningly bedecked Adèle Exarchopoulos and then, having made her pregnant, decides he wants to come back home.

The film is loaded with sex, and, for once, the homo encounters easily outshine the heterosexual ones. Rogowski grunts and squeals through all of them, and the second homo tryst, when Whishaw plows him hard, is the sexiest and most graphic gay moment in a mainstream film.

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Writing the script with Rogowski in mind, Sachs has filmed several sequences of Franz furiously riding a bicycle, giving off a dizzy magic reminiscent of the French Nouvelle Vague. It’s this Gallic charm, combined with excellent homo sex, that will make “Passages” a bone fide art house smash. However, the silly “Sunday Bloody Sunday” storyline and the lack of real emotion from any of the three leads make “Passages” one of Sach’s least effective and least accessible films, at least for this viewer. I got off on the sex but very little else.

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