“All of us are just passing for something or other, aren’t we?” Irene muses rhetorically. As the crack in her ceiling spreads out, the howling wind gets stronger and snow begins to fall. The exquisite cinematography enhances this important story about race and identity.
Irene has two sides. At once beautiful and married to a successful doctor, she seems to have it all, including a housekeeper/cook and two straight-arrow handsome young boys. But on a free day she covers her hair and sits hesitantly in a fancy restaurant for tea as a White patron. There she coincidentally reunites with blond-haired Clare who is full of bravado and self-confidence.