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EMPATHY, LOVE AND BREAKING NORMS – IRA SACHS ON PASSAGES.


Ira Sachs, a Memphis-born filmmaker who leads a nomadic life, so far in New York, Paris, Bogota, and on sets just about everywhere, addresses an erotic event in his own life in his latest film. As a gay man, he was surprised to find himself deeply attracted to Laura Antonelli in Luchino Visconti’s 1976 classic The Innocents.



The Innocent, starring Laura Antonelli, Jennifer O’Neill and Giancarlo Giannini.

Sachs examines the fluidity of love in Passages, at TIFF Bell LightBox and Vancity, about husbands Tomas (Franz Rogowski) and Martin (Ben Whishaw) and the crisis that threatens their union.



Tomas falls in love with Agathe (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and impregnates her. They move in together even as he tries to reunite with Martin, in a frantic effort to have it both ways. Is it possible? Passages has the weight of a Greek myth warning us of the limits of human nature and the price of trying to have it all, told with his signature profound empathy. What She Said’ Anne Brodie spoke with Sachs about Passages and his unusual living arrangements.


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