VOD Review - The Pass (2018)
All of which have proven him to be a tremendous actor, but it's shocking because Tovey's co-star in this movie got nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the British Independent Film Awards, yet Tovey himself got no recognition. He should have been up for Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards. There was stiff competition that year, but I would have removed Shia LaBeouf who did get nominated for American Honey but who isn't even British. Tovey gives a way better performance than LaBeouf and he also has way more screen time, as well as a more substantial role here. The fact that Tovey was overlooked is a crime.
They're under a lot of pressure, but they're hanging out in their hotel room in Bucharest, Romania. They're both in nothing but their underwear. They jump rope. They perform other night time rituals. Ade puts on moisturizer and eats chocolate sauce. Jason plays with his video camera and shines his own shoes. They both tease each other or other teammates, talk and laugh, as well as have a few drinks and engage in horseplay.
As the two continue to hang out, the apparent homoeroticism becomes overwhelming. Two, very, muscular boys in nothing but their underpants and in Jason's case his tighty-whities who are confined in a small space, slapping each other or jumping on top of one another suggest that something is going to happen. The sexual tension between them at all times is felt and is felt very strongly. It's palpable. Yet, it becomes a clever dance of who will make the first move and whose desires will be revealed first.
This movie has a similar structure as that Slade adaptation and Bessenger's movie where we see ten years go by, but only through select nights in hotel rooms spent by the protagonists. The difference between Bessenger's movie and this one is Bessenger shows us nearly a dozen nights in the same hotel. This movie only shows us three nights in various hotel rooms. Unlike in The Last Straight Man or Same Time, Next Year, this movie isn't about two people having an affair and keeping it secret.
It's about a man who makes a crucial decision that changes his life but also someone else's life significantly. It changes their lives personally and professionally. The movie is then about how both men deal with the aftermath of that decision and how they handle the consequences. It's also about internalized homophobia, one that might be generated by constraints of the sport. What might be frustrating is that the decision happens off screen, but the acting from both actors sell every moment and every line impeccably that it's fine that a movie about sports shows no sports. The writing has enough authenticity about football to cover it.
Not Rated but contains language and nudity.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 26 mins.