The Pass

3 out of 5 stars

(Opening Movie at the London Flare LGBT Festival 2016)

A claustrophobic and stagey structure of 3 acts set in 3 different hotel rooms hints at its origin as a play and this film is a solid adaptation of a story that explores the price of fame and success via the prism of two closeted gay footballers when, after one eventful night depicted in the first act, their fates and lives diverge. A nicely put together film with buffed performances by the main cast of 4, (and more than enough flesh and sexiness to please the niche market this film is aimed at) but the faithful reproduction of the play on screen only proves that John Donnelly’s script, well written and thought provoking as it is, is really made more for the theatrical stage than a cinematic film.


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