Work can often get in the way of romance, especially when survival is more paramount than quality time.

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Film Summary

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Rey and Elle are a couple who live together. Elle spends her days painting people’s animals for a living, while Rey works at a restaurant. Rey having to work so hard becomes a point of contention as she sees Elle spend her days at home, waste food, and not show the wear and tear of trying to survive as she does. But is this disparity enough to tear these two apart?

Character Descriptions

Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.


Rey is an overworked person working in the food industry.


Elle is an artist who works from home, painting people’s animals.


Our Rating: Mixed (Divisive)

On The Fence

The Push and Pull

Shorts are created for varying reasons. Some are proof of concept that something can be done and attract an audience. Others are about expanding a creator’s filmography and showing they can run a set. This is why “In Passing” is hard to really talk about. No short outright tells you what the goal of making it was. For “In Passing,” is it to just get a glimpse of an LGBTQIA+ couple who doesn’t have an ideal relationship but rather one that looks real? Is it simply supposed to show how working to survive is not just killing the worker but all they are working for or to keep?

Don’t get me wrong, what we see between Elle and Rey is likable, but the push and pull of it all is feeling like, as a viewer, you can see the restraints due to time and budget, which leaves you feeling like you ultimately got something incomplete.

General Information

Director(s) Hillia Aho
Screenplay By Hillia Aho
Based On N/A
Date Released (Film Festival – Tribeca Film Festival) June 19, 2023
Genre(s) Romance, Young Adult, LGBT+
Film Length 10 Minutes
Content Rating Not Rated
Noted Characters and Cast
Rey Fedra Ramirez Olivares
Elle Kaileela Hobby


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What Is “In Passing” Rated And Why?

“In Passing” is not rated and features nothing notable.

Where Can I Watch “In Passing?”

Tribeca At Home until July 2, 2023

Elle (Kaileela Hobby) and Rey (Fedra Ramirez Olivares)
In Passing (2023) – Movie Review and Summary (with Spoilers)
"In Passing" feels slightly incomplete, and not in a way that feels like an ellipsis but more so it skipped a lot of details.

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