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Ira Sachs Embarks on ‘Passages’ with Ben Whishaw

Not enough bisexuality in queer cinema, that’s what we always say, so leave it to acclaimed queer indie filmmaker, Ira Sachs (“Love Is Strange”), to work that side of the street for his next film, “Passages.” Written and directed by Sachs, it’s the story of a gay male couple — played by Ben Whishaw (the recent James Bond films and, most importantly, “Paddington”) and German arthouse heartthrob Franz Rogowski (“Undine,” “Transit”) – who’ve been together 15 years. Then one of them has an affair with a woman (Adele Exarchopoulos, “Blue Is the Warmest Color”), with all the consequences that attend that sort of thing. And while we’re not a fan of the troubled, homewrecking bisexual trope in the media, we trust Sachs’ brand of thoughtful exploration of queer life and all the ways it might not always line up neatly with our best hopes for ourselves. Recently wrapped, look for it to pop up at all the right film festivals later in 2022.

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