Tag: Rebecca Hall

Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga are both superb in Rebecca Hall’s “Passing”. Score 90%

Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga are both superb in Rebecca Hall’s “Passing”.

And in this Heaven Irene sees a vision. A woman of such beauty and grace that both she and the audience are in a sort of delicious trance. And the woman is staring straight at her and smiling. The woman then rises from her chair and appears to be leaving but no, wait, she is actually headed for Irene who is completely flummoxed and does not recognize that it is her old friend Claire from high school who, granted, has undergone a few changes like dying her hair peroxide blond.

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Olivia Coleman’s performance, mostly in unforgiving closeup, is praiseworthy, but the movie as a whole is only a moderate success. Score 60%

Olivia Coleman’s performance, mostly in unforgiving closeup, is praiseworthy, but the movie as a whole is only a moderate success.

Her first interaction with the group comes in the glorious figure of Dagmara Dominczyk, an actress who brightens up any movie she’s in. She’s actually Polish-American (born in Poland moved to the US as a young girl) but, like Isabella Rossellini, she is at home with any accent, at ease in any part of the globe. Her character is what would be described in OBGYN as an elderly primigravida -she’s having her first child at forty. She delights in her pregnancy and she gives Gyllenhaal’s movie its only real injection of life

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