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Passion

Passion

Brian De Palma (2012)

96min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Brian De Palma harks back to his 1980s back catalogue here, but he can't ignite this remake of director Alain Corneau's final film, Love Crime. Rachel McAdams (Spotlight) and Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) slip into the roles of the backstabbing ad agency boss and her ambitious protégé, played by Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier in the 2010 original. Rapace's Isabelle soon realises all is not fair in love and corporate war when McAdams's manipulative Christine not only steals her ideas but also humiliates her, plunging the pair into a wicked web of jealousy, deceit and murder. McAdams is suitably bitchy but can't match the porcelain ice-queen qualities that made Scott Thomas so convincing. De Palma eventually injects some giallo style (à la Dressed to Kill) but one distinctive split-screen scene and a lush score from composer collaborator Pino Donaggio cannot hide the fact it's a pale and not especially passionate echo of the director's 80s heyday.

Summary

The devoted protege of an advertising executive feels betrayed when her boss takes credit for her work. She begins hatching a plot to get revenge, setting in motion a twisted cycle of oneupmanship that leaves them both dangerously obsessed with each other - with lethal consequences. Brian De Palma's thriller, with Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace.

Cast & Crew

Christine Stanford Rachel McAdams
Isabelle James Noomi Rapace
Dani Karoline Herfurth
Dirk Paul Anderson (2)
Inspector Bock Rainer Bock
Director Brian De Palma
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Other Information

Language: English / German Colour Guidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, brief nudity Available on: Available on DVD

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