Passing (2021)

After a career delivering tremendous performances, Rebecca Hall steps behind the camera for her feature debut as writer/director. Unfolding in black-and-white from the opening logos, the story begins with muffled voices and smudged visuals before things become clearer, and viewers witness Passing unfold in a 4:3 aspect ratio. While these visual choices give this film a unique identity, it also reflects the story as the boxier frame captures the characters’ constraints, while the monochrome look reflects how nothing is black and white with the characters.

My review of Passing is now available to read at Nerdly.