Starring: Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland, Bill Camp, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Alexander Skarsgård
Netflix drama written and directed by Rebecca Hall. Set during the height of the Harlem Renaissance in late 1920s New York, Passing (2021) centers on childhood friends, Irene (Tessa Thompson) and Clare (Ruth Negga), who can “pass” as white but choose to live on opposite sides of the color line. Clare has married a prejudiced, but wealthy white man, John (Alexander Skarsgård), and after a chance encounter reunites the former childhood friends, Irene reluctantly allows Clare into her home, where she ingratiates herself to Irene’s husband, Brian (André Holland), and family, and soon her larger social circle as well. As their lives become more deeply intertwined, Irene finds her once-steady existence upended by Clare, and the story examines the obsession, repression and the lies people tell themselves and others to protect their carefully constructed realities.
|Copyright Notice: It’s easy to see when our quotes have been copied and pasted, as you’re also copying our format, mistakes, and movie scene descriptions. If you decide to copy our movie quotes please be kind and either link back, or refer back to our site. Please check out our copyright policies here. Thanks!|
We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now, here’s a small selection.
Clare: Pardon me, I don’t mean to stare. But I think I know you.
Hugh: [referring to Clare] I’m trying to find out the history of the blonde that you’ve brought along.
Irene: She’s a girl from Chicago I used to know.
Hugh: Princess from Chicago.
Irene: Things aren’t always what they seem.
Hugh: I’ll be damned. Lots of people pass all the time?
Irene: It’s easy for a N**** to pass for white. I’m not sure it’d be so simple for a white person to pass for color.
Clare: So you haven’t ever thought to?
Clare: Have you ever thought of passing?
Irene: No. Why should I? Now I have everything I’ve ever wanted.
Clare: This is my husband, John Bellew.
Irene: [referring to John] Does he know?
[Clare shakes her head]
Irene: Do you dislike N******, Mr. Bellew?
John: No, not at all. I hate them.
Irene: [referring to Clare] Isn’t she extraordinarily beautiful?
Brian: I suppose.
Clare: [to Irene] Your life, it’s perfect.
Irene: Have you ever thought of what you’d do if John found out?
Clare: I do what I want more than anything right now. I come up here to live, with you.
Irene: You think they’d be satisfied being white.
Brian: Who’s satisfied being anything?
Irene: We’re all of us passing for something or other. Aren’t we?